76 Great Directors: Douglas Sirk

“I certainly believe that happiness exists, if only by the simple fact that it can be destroyed.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work, mostly Imitation of Life.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: All That Heaven Allows.

What Did I Watch: Imitation of Life.

Where Does He Fit: There’s so much to celebrate in Imitation of Life even as there is so much to mourn, too. Should we be grateful for the fact that Sirk went out on such a powerful note before his retirement, or mourn that this is all there is? Is Juanita Moore only getting to give this one triumphant performance and not even getting to win the Oscar out of it something that we should be grateful to have, or a loss in and of itself? The answer is both, and that is how the film addresses itself, too, in this horrible, beautiful world that Kohner’s character is stuck in. Devastating.

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Most Valuable Asset: Color and soap.
Most Excited For: Written on the Wind.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Mangled genius Erich von Stroheim.

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