Category Archives: Douglas Sirk

The Tarnished Angels

In light of yesterday’s post, it’s only appropriate that today we feature Douglas Sirk’s The Tarnished Angels, 1957. The bulk of Sirk criticism posits that the German-born director, in his best work, explores the dark underbelly of the American middle class. But the milieu in this film, my favorite Sirk movie, is far from middle […]

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Spit If You Love Douglas Sirk

Sirk monograph, from l to r: Douglas Sirk, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, The Tarnished Angels, 1958. Several years ago, while shooting one of my films, I fell into conversation with the Director of Photography. We were lamenting the decline and fall of black and white films. I rattled off a list of great black and […]

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