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71 Ratings

All This, and Heaven Too

Directed by Anatole Litvak
United States, 1940
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Mademoiselle Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, a French woman, starts teaching at an American girls school. She is confronted by the tales and gossip about her that circulate among her pupils and, thus provoked, she decides to tell them her life story.

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All This, and Heaven Too Directed by Anatole Litvak

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

Critics reviews

There’s an evocative flourish to the direction—with graceful camera glides and an expressive use of mirrors and windows—that justifies the perhaps overly elaborate set design. Litvak also brilliantly uses Davis (here in Now, Voyager-esque schoolmarm mode) as an aesthetic element: with her severe hair, dowdy black dresses, and heavy-lidded doe eyes, she’s a gothic drawing come to life, making her status as an object of desire for Boyer’s married duke all the more fascinating and unexpected.
February 18, 2013
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