All I Desire (You Belong to Me) Reviews
October 5, 2013
Here's Barbara Stanwyck in a Douglas Sirk film just before he started his run of masterworks (Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life, etc.). She is the only reason to watch this film (but always a good reason), as the rest of the cast, apart from Lena the cook (played by Lotte Stein), is rather unexceptional. Sirk is fixated, as usual, on people's concerns for what others think and how that can ruin lives -- this time at the turn of the 20th century in small town Wisconsin. Stanwyck, who earlier left her family for an acting career -- I mean left her husband and small children -- returns by surprise 12 or 13 years later. Pure melodrama but only 79 minutes and black and white. Stanwyck was luckier to be paired with Fred MacMurray in the later Sirk outing, There's Always Tomorrow.
January 11, 2011
*** (out of four)
Good old fashioned melodrama with a wonderful Barabra Stanwyck at her most likeable. Though the plot offers few surprises and is quite contrived at times, Ms Stanwyck is worth the watching.
Stanwyck plays a vetran Vaudville stage performer who returns home to her family after having abandoned them ten years earlier. Her appearance opens old wounds and excites old flames.
January 23, 2007
Barbara Stanwyck didn't make that many period pieces, so it is a bit of an unusual role for her. As always, she is magnificent. Good costumes and sets, a bit on the melodramatic side but still very interesting. Okay supporting cast. Not one of Stanwyck's best, but it remains a fine film.