Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk (born Hans Detlef Sierck; April 26, 1897 – January 14, 1987) was a Danish-German film director best known for his work in Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s.

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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Two different social classes collide when Cary Scott, a wealthy upper-class widow, falls in love with her much younger and down-to-earth gardener, prompting disapproval and criticism from her children and country club friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Rock Hudson  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Conrad Nagel

Two different social classes collide when Cary Scott, a wealthy upper-class widow, falls in love with her much younger and down-to-earth gardener, prompting disapproval and criticism from her children and country club friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Rock Hudson  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Conrad Nagel

Imitation of Life (1959)

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Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

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When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Rock Hudson  •  Barbara Rush  •  Agnes Moorehead

When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Rock Hudson  •  Barbara Rush  •  Agnes Moorehead

Written on the Wind (1956)

Mitch Wayne is a geologist working for the Hadleys, an oil-rich Texas family. While the patriarch, Jared, works hard to establish the family business, his irresponsible son, Kyle, is an alcoholic playboy, and his daughter, Marylee, is the town tramp. Mitch harbors ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Robert Stack  •  Dorothy Malone

Mitch Wayne is a geologist working for the Hadleys, an oil-rich Texas family. While the patriarch, Jared, works hard to establish the family business, his irresponsible son, Kyle, is an alcoholic playboy, and his daughter, Marylee, is the town tramp. Mitch harbors ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Robert Stack  •  Dorothy Malone

Take Me to Town (1953)

Saloon entertainer Vermilion O'Toole and her former partner in crime Newt Cole escape from a train ride to prison and hide out in logging town Timberline. Meanwhile, the three sons of widower Will Hall come to town in search of a wife for their dad. Vermilion needs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Phillip Reed  •  Lee Patrick

Saloon entertainer Vermilion O'Toole and her former partner in crime Newt Cole escape from a train ride to prison and hide out in logging town Timberline. Meanwhile, the three sons of widower Will Hall come to town in search of a wife for their dad. Vermilion needs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Phillip Reed  •  Lee Patrick

Interlude (1957)

A young woman touring Germany is caught between a married symphony conductor and a doctor from back home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Marianne Koch  •  Françoise Rosay

A young woman touring Germany is caught between a married symphony conductor and a doctor from back home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Marianne Koch  •  Françoise Rosay

Slightly French (1949)

A film director, in bad standing with his studio, tries to turn a local carnival dancer into a "French" movie star and pass her off as his big new discovery  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Janis Carter  •  Willard Parker

A film director, in bad standing with his studio, tries to turn a local carnival dancer into a "French" movie star and pass her off as his big new discovery  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Janis Carter  •  Willard Parker

The Lady Pays Off (1951)

The naive Evelyn Warren, elected school teacher of the year by Time Magazine, goes to Las Vegas, where she loses a lot of money. In order to pay her debts, casino manager Matt Braddock asks her to take care of his sad little daughter Diana.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Linda Darnell  •  Stephen McNally  •  Virginia Field  •  Gigi Perreau

The naive Evelyn Warren, elected school teacher of the year by Time Magazine, goes to Las Vegas, where she loses a lot of money. In order to pay her debts, casino manager Matt Braddock asks her to take care of his sad little daughter Diana.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Linda Darnell  •  Stephen McNally  •  Virginia Field  •  Gigi Perreau

Summer Storm (1944)

Linda Darnell plays a beautiful Russian peasant in this moody Sirk melodrama, based on Chekhov's "The Shooting Party." Trying to pull herself out of serf-ish poverty, she works her charms on an engaged aristocrat (George Sanders) with tragic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Linda Darnell  •  George Sanders  •  Anna Lee  •  Hugo Haas

Linda Darnell plays a beautiful Russian peasant in this moody Sirk melodrama, based on Chekhov's "The Shooting Party." Trying to pull herself out of serf-ish poverty, she works her charms on an engaged aristocrat (George Sanders) with tragic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Linda Darnell  •  George Sanders  •  Anna Lee  •  Hugo Haas

All I Desire (1953)

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Richard Carlson  •  Lyle Bettger  •  Marcia Henderson

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Richard Carlson  •  Lyle Bettger  •  Marcia Henderson

A Scandal in Paris (1946)

A smooth-talking French thief (George Sanders) wangles his way into an important position as prefect of police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  George Sanders  •  Signe Hasso  •  Carole Landis  •  Akim Tamiroff

A smooth-talking French thief (George Sanders) wangles his way into an important position as prefect of police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  George Sanders  •  Signe Hasso  •  Carole Landis  •  Akim Tamiroff

The Girl from the Marsh Croft (1935)

In this Swedish romance, a strapping farm boy is betrothed to a pretty socialite. Unfortunately, he really loves a simple girl from the marsh. His engagement to the wealthy lass is broken after he gets into a barroom brawl. He is then able to marry the woman he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Hansi Knoteck  •  Ellen Frank  •  Friedrich Kayssler  •  Theodor Loos

In this Swedish romance, a strapping farm boy is betrothed to a pretty socialite. Unfortunately, he really loves a simple girl from the marsh. His engagement to the wealthy lass is broken after he gets into a barroom brawl. He is then able to marry the woman he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Hansi Knoteck  •  Ellen Frank  •  Friedrich Kayssler  •  Theodor Loos

Sprich zu mir wie der Regen (1976)

Encouraged by Fassbinder, with whom he became friendly after the then-enfant terrible of the German cinema visited him in Lugano, Sirk also did some teaching during the late 1970s at the film school in Munich, where he made three short films with his students. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hajo Gies  •  Friedrich Kappeler  •  Hans Schmid  •  Willy Brunner  •  Bruno Bollhalder  •  Violetta Feix  •  Hans-Peter Scheier  •  Jürgen Wöhrle
CAST:  Christian Quadflieg  •  Renate Reger

Encouraged by Fassbinder, with whom he became friendly after the then-enfant terrible of the German cinema visited him in Lugano, Sirk also did some teaching during the late 1970s at the film school in Munich, where he made three short films with his students. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hajo Gies  •  Friedrich Kappeler  •  Hans Schmid  •  Willy Brunner  •  Bruno Bollhalder  •  Violetta Feix  •  Hans-Peter Scheier  •  Jürgen Wöhrle
CAST:  Christian Quadflieg  •  Renate Reger

New Year's Eve (1978)

Encouraged by Fassbinder, with whom he became friendly after the then-enfant terrible of the German cinema visited him in Lugano, Sirk also did some teaching during the late 1970s at the film school in Munich, where he made three short films with his students.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hajo Gies
CAST:  Christian Berkel  •  Hanna Schygulla

Encouraged by Fassbinder, with whom he became friendly after the then-enfant terrible of the German cinema visited him in Lugano, Sirk also did some teaching during the late 1970s at the film school in Munich, where he made three short films with his students.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hajo Gies
CAST:  Christian Berkel  •  Hanna Schygulla

Bourbon Street Blues (1979)

An adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Lady Larkspur Lotion" created by Douglas Sirk with the assistance of his film students and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It depicts the conflict between a dreamy, delusional heroine and her brusque, practical landlady, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hans Schönherr  •  Tilman Taube
CAST:  Annemarie Düringer  •  Doris Schade  •  Rainer Werner Fassbinder  •  Michael Breining

An adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Lady Larkspur Lotion" created by Douglas Sirk with the assistance of his film students and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It depicts the conflict between a dreamy, delusional heroine and her brusque, practical landlady, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk  •  Hans Schönherr  •  Tilman Taube
CAST:  Annemarie Düringer  •  Doris Schade  •  Rainer Werner Fassbinder  •  Michael Breining

Zwei Genies (1934)

An early short film by Douglas Sirk (Detlef Sierck) which takes a satirical look at dubious business practices during the Weimar Republic. It was banned under the title "Zwei Genies" but released as "Zwei Windhunde" after revisions were made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Fritz Odemar  •  Hans Hermann Schaufuß  •  Mady Rahl  •  S.O. Schoening

An early short film by Douglas Sirk (Detlef Sierck) which takes a satirical look at dubious business practices during the Weimar Republic. It was banned under the title "Zwei Genies" but released as "Zwei Windhunde" after revisions were made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Fritz Odemar  •  Hans Hermann Schaufuß  •  Mady Rahl  •  S.O. Schoening

Pillars of Society (1935)

A man comes back from America after years to find his reputation ruined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Heinrich George  •  Albrecht Schoenhals  •  Oskar Sima  •  Maria Krahn

A man comes back from America after years to find his reputation ruined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Heinrich George  •  Albrecht Schoenhals  •  Oskar Sima  •  Maria Krahn

Hitler's Madman (1943)

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Patricia Morison  •  John Carradine  •  Alan Curtis  •  Ralph Morgan

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Patricia Morison  •  John Carradine  •  Alan Curtis  •  Ralph Morgan

To New Shores (1937)

London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Zarah Leander  •  Willy Birgel  •  Edwin Jürgensen  •  Carola Höhn

London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Zarah Leander  •  Willy Birgel  •  Edwin Jürgensen  •  Carola Höhn

Mystery Submarine (1950)

Submarine spy film directed by Douglas Sirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Macdonald Carey  •  Märta Torén  •  Robert Douglas  •  Carl Esmond

Submarine spy film directed by Douglas Sirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Macdonald Carey  •  Märta Torén  •  Robert Douglas  •  Carl Esmond
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