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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

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

Tom Ryan

University Press of Mississippi

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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