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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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Pastoral Yearnings

Pastoral Yearnings

Sirk and the Musical

(p.129) Chapter Six Pastoral Yearnings
The Films of Douglas Sirk

Tom Ryan

University Press of Mississippi

Sirk’s musicals exude an infectious sense of fun that isn’t customarily associated with his work in the US. Part of that fun is the playful knowingness that Sirk brings to them, consistent with the ironic distance that underpins the melodramas but also of a different order. It’s as if he’s taken on these musicals with a bemused smile rather than a troubled frown, allowing their characters room to move amidst the constraints that shape their lives.

Keywords:   Musicals, Outsiders and insiders, Celebrating theatre, Western, Art as a weapon

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