Nan Goldin Selects:
Barbara Stanwyck x 3:
There’s Always Tomorrow

Director: Douglas Sirk
USA / 1955 / 84 min

Introduced by Nan Goldin

Last streamed on Sat, Aug 21

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Sirk’s melodrama, from its title that’s more of a threat than a promise to a climax that’s among the bleakest in 1950s cinema, offers a devastating portrait of domestic despair in postwar suburban paradise. Fred MacMurray, a Los Angeles toy manufacturer shackled with horrible children and a pretentious wife (Joan Bennett, giving depth to what might otherwise be caricature), sees a glimmer of possible happiness when a former lover, played by Barbara Stanwyck, reappears in his life. Extraordinary in an American movie then as now, their affair is treated without moralistic finger-wagging; even more extraordinarily, the film finally calls into question the very possibility of a sustainable happiness. Yes, there’s always tomorrow—isn’t it terrible?