“I’ll have the Douglas Sirk steak” - Pulp Fiction
To those who dont know Sirk, you might be wondering who he is. Well, in the 1950s in particular, Sirk created some of the most stylized, entertaining melodramas in Cinema. He was regarded as another Hollywood director until later on Jean Luc Godard and the French New Wave guys rediscovered his films and came to the conclusion Sirk was a brilliant filmmaker who created films with underlying social messages in them. He was also one of the first directors to comment on the falsity’s of the times he was working in (the 1950s).
I havent seen ALL his films, but I’ve seen several of them and I’ve really enjoyed them all. Being a film geek, you gotta watch ALL kinds of movies, be open minded, expand your tastes. Well Douglas Sirk has become one of my favorite directors of Hollywoods Golden Age. Specifically for the following films:
Imitation of Life
Written on the Wind
These 3 films are some of the best movies Ive ever seen. They pull you in and you just get wrapped up in the lives of the people in them. Their flaws, their dreams, the emotions run wild in these movies. Your not only experiencing emotions, but your also watching a visually brilliant movie. They really are treasures of 50s Cinema. I know they arent for everyone, but give them a watch sometime, you might really enjoy them like I do.
Note: The new movie “Far From Heaven” with Julianne Moore is considered to be a very Sirkian film. I havent seen the entire movie, but the title and the look of the film is definitely Sirkian.