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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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Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero

Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero

(p.143) Chapter Seven Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero
The Films of Douglas Sirk

Tom Ryan

University Press of Mississippi

Like his better-known work, these adventure films point to Sirk’s love affair with American populist art, which he took very seriously. All are genre films about men who find themselves in positions of leadership in times of turmoil, characters whom one might conventionally regard as heroes. And they’re all played by Rock Hudson who brings to them a distinct and very human vulnerability.

Keywords:   The Western, Indigenous Americans, Revolution, the hero, Costume and character

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