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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #262 - THE FILMS OF DOUGLAS SIRK


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#1 of 24 Brook K

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Posted August 12 2005 - 08:09 AM

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Volume #262 - Douglas Sirk

Bourbon Street Blues (1978)
Sylvesternacht (1977)
Sprich zur mir wie der Regen (1975)
Imitation of Life (1959)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Interlude (1957)
Battle Hymn (1956)
Written on the Wind (1956)
There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
All I Desire (1953)
Take Me to Town (1953)
Meet Me at the Fair (1953)
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Week-End with Father (1951)
The Lady Pays Off (1951)
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
The First Legion (1951)
Mystery Submarine (1950)
Slightly French (1949)
Shockproof (1949)
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Lured (1947)
A Scandal in Paris (1946)
... aka Thieves' Holiday
Summer Storm (1944)
Hitler's Madman (1943)
... aka Hitler's Hangman
Wilton's Zoo (1939) (as Detlef Sierck)
Final Accord (1938) (uncredited)
Habanera, La (1937) (as Detlef Sierck)
To New Shores (1937) (as Detlef Sierck)
... aka Life Begins Anew
The Final Chord (1936) (as Detlef Sierck)
... aka Final Accord (USA)
't Was een April (1936) (as Detlef Sierck)
Chanson du souvenir, La (1936) (as Detlef Sierck)
The Court Concert (1936) (as Detlef Sierck)
Pillars of Society (1935) (as Detlef Sierck)
April, April! (1935) (as Detlef Sierck)
Dreimal Ehe (1935) (as Detlef Sierck)
Eingebildete Kranke, Der (1935) (as Detlef Sierck)
The Girl of the Moors (1935) (as Detlef Sierck)
... aka The Girl from the Marsh Croft (USA)
Zwei Genies (1934) (as Detlef Sierck)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 24 george kaplan

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Posted August 12 2005 - 08:27 AM

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Rank order:

Imitation of Life (1959)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Written on the Wind (1956)


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#3 of 24 Brook K

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Posted August 12 2005 - 08:29 AM

A German director famous for his stagework and UFA films who like many others, left Hitler's Germany to come to Hollywood. He was saddled with numerous B-pictures until finally experiencing a breakthrough in 1953 with All I Desire. He became known for "women's pictures", melodramatic stories of tragedy often starring Rock Hudson. Taking a path quite different from most acclaimed filmmakers, his films were very successful financially but dismissed by critics, before being re-evaluated and embraced in more recent times.

Battling illness and tired of studio politics, Sirk retired from filmmaking after one of his greatest successes, Imitation of Life. He returned to Germany with his wife and taught filmmaking after the reopening of the German film schools. Famously embraced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the early '70's who wrote a wonderful essay about Sirk's films. Sirk again stepped behind the camera to make a few shorts with his film students, one of which featured Fassbinder.

Sirk's films display an absolute command of the filmic medium. They are gorgeous to look at, with precise cinematography and terrific uses of color and light. To Sirk, Melodrama meant "music+drama" and his films exhibit a masterful use of music to enhance the emotional delivery onscreen. He was also deeply interested in the society in which he found himself living, and his films often display scathing critiques of social realities underneath their dramatized exteriors. His characters crave love, but are often thwarted by their insecurities and human weaknesses. The films may display a heightened reality, but they feel emotionally true and deeply moving.

This order is somewhat arbitrary, usually whichever I see last is my favorite:

*1. All That Heaven Allows - A
*2. Imitation of Life - A
*3. Written On The Wind - A
4. Magnificent Obsession - B+
5. La Habanera - B+


6. Has Anybody Seen My Gal? - B+
7. Lured - B+
8. Battle Hymn - B
9. A Scandal in Paris - B-


Own: 3

I would love to see more of Sirk's work. I desperately want to see more of his 50's Universal work, particularly A Time To Love and A Time to Die (from a novel by All Quiet on the Western Front author Erich Maria Remarque), and The Tarnished Angels.


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#4 of 24 Bill McA

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Posted August 12 2005 - 09:44 AM

Bourbon Street Blues (1978)
Sylvesternacht (1977)
Sprich zur mir wie der Regen (1975)
Imitation of Life (1959) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
The Tarnished Angels (1958) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Interlude (1957)
Battle Hymn (1956) Posted Image Posted Image
Written on the Wind (1956) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
All That Heaven Allows (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Captain Lightfoot (1955) Posted Image Posted Image
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Magnificent Obsession (1954) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) Posted Image Posted Image
All I Desire (1953) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Take Me to Town (1953)
Meet Me at the Fair (1953)
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Week-End with Father (1951)
The Lady Pays Off (1951)
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
The First Legion (1951)
Mystery Submarine (1950)
Slightly French (1949)
Shockproof (1949)
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Lured (1947) Posted Image Posted Image
A Scandal in Paris (1946)
Summer Storm (1944) Posted Image Posted Image
Hitler's Madman (1943)
Wilton's Zoo (1939)
Final Accord (1938)
La Habanera (1937) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
To New Shores (1937)
The Final Chord (1936)
't Was een April (1936)
La Chanson du souvenir (1936)
The Court Concert (1936)
Pillars of Society (1935)
April, April! (1935)
Dreimal Ehe (1935)
Der Eingebildete Kranke (1935)
The Girl of the Moors (1935)
Zwei Genies (1934)

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#5 of 24 SteveGon

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Posted August 12 2005 - 05:18 PM

Sleep, My Love *** out of ****

#6 of 24 Jim_K

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Posted August 12 2005 - 11:50 PM

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DOUGLAS SIRK (1900 - 1987)


Bourbon Street Blues (1978)
Sylvesternacht (1977)
Sprich zur mir wie der Regen (1975)
Imitation of Life (1959) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Interlude (1957)
Battle Hymn (1956)
Written on the Wind (1956) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
All That Heaven Allows (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Magnificent Obsession (1954) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
All I Desire (1953)
Take Me to Town (1953)
Meet Me at the Fair (1953)
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952)
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Week-End with Father (1951)
The Lady Pays Off (1951)
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
The First Legion (1951)
Mystery Submarine (1950) Posted Image Posted Image
Slightly French (1949)
Shockproof (1949) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sleep, My Love (1948) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Lured (1947) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A Scandal in Paris (1946)
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Summer Storm (1944)
Hitler's Madman (1943) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Wilton's Zoo (1939)
Final Accord (1938)
Habanera, La (1937)
To New Shores (1937)
The Final Chord (1936)
't Was een April (1936)
Chanson du souvenir, La (1936)
The Court Concert (1936)
Pillars of Society (1935)
April, April! (1935)
Dreimal Ehe (1935)
Eingebildete Kranke, Der (1935)
The Girl of the Moors (1935)
Zwei Genies (1934)



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#7 of 24 Mario Gauci

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Posted August 13 2005 - 06:32 AM

In order of merit:


1.Written on the Wind (1956) ***
2.Magnificent Obsession (1954) ***
3.All That Heaven Allows (1955) ***
4.A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) ***
5.Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) ***
6.Lured (1947) ***
7.Captain Lightfoot (1955) **1/2
8.Shockproof (1949) **1/2


Despite the impression that his best-known films were aimed squarely at women, he imbued them with a stylishness which makes them eminently watchable if not exactly endearing.

There are several more of his films I'm interested in watching particularly THE TARNISHED ANGELS (1957) and IMITATION OF LIFE (1959; which I've missed out on several occasions on TV over the years)!

#8 of 24 Arman

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Posted August 20 2005 - 10:33 AM

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#9 of 24 Brook K

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Posted March 20 2006 - 08:51 AM

Updated:

Magnificent Obsession - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#10 of 24 Brook K

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Posted July 08 2006 - 07:30 PM

Updated:

Lured - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#11 of 24 Martin Teller

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Posted November 29 2006 - 05:27 AM

Imitation of Life (1959) - 9/10
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) - 7/10
The Tarnished Angels (1958) - 7/10
Written on the Wind (1956) - 8/10
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) - 8/10
All That Heaven Allows (1955) - 9/10
Magnificent Obsession (1954) - 8/10
Lured
(1947) - 7/10


#12 of 24 Martin Teller

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Posted June 12 2007 - 04:50 PM

added Written on the Wind (1956) - 8/10

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Posted June 21 2007 - 12:54 AM

Sleep, My Love *** out of ****

#14 of 24 Martin Teller

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Posted June 23 2007 - 04:26 PM

added Imitation of Life (1959) - 9/10

#15 of 24 PatW

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Posted June 24 2007 - 06:06 PM

I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't seen any. I will have to rectify that shortly.

#16 of 24 Brook K

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Posted January 22 2008 - 04:15 PM

Updated:

Battle Hymn - B
A Scandal in Paris - B-

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#17 of 24 Martin Teller

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Posted August 03 2008 - 07:50 AM

added A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) - 7/10

#18 of 24 Jim_K

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Posted September 13 2008 - 01:07 AM

Updated Master list...............................
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Posted November 07 2008 - 11:50 PM

Updated Master list...............................
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#20 of 24 Brook K

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Posted July 12 2009 - 05:42 PM

Updated:

La Habanera - B+

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+