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All I Desire (1953) Directed by Douglas Sirk The characters in Sirk’s films are very often performing—both for themselves and for each other—as the people that they would like to be. Their ranks include Naomi Murdoch, the middle-aged vaudeville performer played by Barbara Stanwyck in one of two collaborations with the filmmaker (the other being 1956’s There’s Always Tomorrow). Naomi, who long ago left her school principal husband (played by Richard Carlson) and three children for...