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The Films of Douglas Sirk: Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions

Tom Ryan

Abstract

Working in Europe during the 1930s, mainly for Germany’s UFA studios, and then in America in the 1940s and ’50s, Douglas Sirk brought to all his work a distinctive style that has led to his reputation as one of the 20th century cinema’s great ironists. He did things his own way: for him, rules were there to be broken, whether they were the decrees of Nazi authorities trying to turn film into propaganda or of studios insisting that characters’ problems should always be solved and that endings should always restore order, providing what Sirk used to call “emergency exits” for audiences. This stu ... More

Keywords: Douglas Sirk, Critical overview, Melodrama, UFA studios, Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496817983
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817983.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Ryan, author