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The films of Douglas Sirk : exquisite ironies and magnificent obsessions

Author: Tom Ryan, (Film writer)
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Best known for powerful 1950s melodramas like All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, The Tarnished Angels, and Imitation of Life, Douglas Sirk (1897-1987) brought to all his work a distinctive style that led to his reputation as one of twentieth-century film's great directors. Sirk worked in Europe during the 1930s, mainly for Germany's UFA studios, and then in America in the 1940s and '50s. The Films of  Read more...
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Ryan, Tom (Film writer).
Films of Douglas Sirk.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019]
(DLC) 2018051026
Named Person: Douglas Sirk; Douglas Sirk
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Ryan, (Film writer)
ISBN: 9781496822383 1496822382 9781496822390 1496822366 9781496822406 1496822390 9781496822369 1496822404
OCLC Number: 1074420183
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 297 pages)
Contents: Detlef Sierck in Europe --
American beginnings: the European legacy --
In the shadows: Sirk and the noir inclination --
The uncomfortable comedies --
Sirk and God: 'the pure ambiguity of experience' --
Pastoral yearnings: Sirk and the musical --
Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the idea of the hero --
Sirk, the family melodrama, and the production code --
Sirk and John M. Stahl: adaptations and remakes --
Out of the past --
Into the future: Sirk's legacy.
Responsibility: Tom Ryan.

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Douglas Sirk (1897-1987) brought to all his work a distinctive style that led to his reputation as one of twentieth-century film's great directors. This book offers fresh insights into all of the  Read more...

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