Though I have a long list of mandatory autumn viewing, my boxset of Douglas Sirk's movies is at the top of that list. His searing scores, post-war kitchen design and see-it-coming-from-afar plot "twists" just make my heart swell up. A cup of tea, my cat Elliot purring along and Rock Hudson's beautiful booming voice.. it's heaven.
Even though I do enjoy his films with Doris Day (how can you not?!), and he had a natural charm to him that most movie stars of today can only envy, to me Hudson was at his most appealing in All That Heaven Allows. Possibly the most gentle-hearted character ever to appear on screen -- a bit dull but you can't help thinking and hoping he was really like that.