Douglas Sirk directed films that modernized melodrama for the suburban housewife in the 1940s and 1950s with a strong burst of creativity at the end of his career. Now considered a master of mise-en-scene, Sirk’s films were panned by critics at the time of their release for being merely banal exercises in stylishness made for the enjoyment of empty headed female audiences.
After a reevaluation of his work in the 1970s, especially by figures in the French New Wave like Jean-Luc Godard, his films were seen as subtle, subversive commentaries on post-war America.
Sirk’s women had style dripping off their neckerchiefs and into their picnic baskets. The domestic fantasy world of Sirk is packed to the rafters with symbolic use of silhouette and color in almost every costume. Be sure to check out some of his more lavish CinemaScope productions, like All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind.
Take a look at our Douglas Sirk Gallery of Stars after the jump, featuring Jane Wyman, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, Lana Turner & Rock Husdon!