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The Films of Douglas SirkExquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions$
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Tom Ryan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817983

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817983.001.0001

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Sirk and God

Sirk and God

“The Pure Ambiguity of Experience”

(p.113) Chapter Five Sirk and God
The Films of Douglas Sirk

Tom Ryan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how Sirk’s films in which religion plays an important part aren’t concerned with whether or not there is a God. Instead their focus is firmly fixed on those who believe in some higher power or who don’t. And what matters is their humanity, or lack of it, and the existential crises they might face, whatever their beliefs.

Keywords:   Priests, Nuns and Brothers, “The Pure Ambiguity of Experience”, The First Legion, Bonaventure, Attila

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