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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, the Family Melodrama, and the Production Code

Sirk, the Family Melodrama, and the Production Code

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(p.158) Chapter Eight Sirk, the Family Melodrama, and the Production Code
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The Films of Douglas Sirk
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Tom Ryan

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817983.003.0011

For Sirk, all that the Motion Picture Production Code disallowed served as a stimulus to creativity, a challenge he didn’t exactly welcome but that turned out to be beneficial. His melodramas about families and would-be lovers become tales of ideological entrapment, of characters locked behind bars that they can’t see and so can’t escape.

Keywords:   Barbara Stanwyck, Families and outsiders, female protagonists, Interruptions, American suburban life

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