My Favorite Douglas Sirk Films (Revised and Updated)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Imitation of Life (1959)

2.   The Tarnished Angels (1957)

3.   A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

4.   Written on the Wind (1956)

5.   All That Heaven Allows (1955)

6.   Magnificent Obsession (1954)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Interlude (1957)

2.   There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)

3.   All I Desire (1953)

5.   Shockproof (1949)

6.   Lured (1947)

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Douglas Sirk Films (Revised and Updated)

  1. You’ll have to tell me what you love about The Tarnished Angels. I just don’t get it. I love Lured and There’s Always Tomorrow! I might even move them to four stars if I did ranking like you do

  2. I will explain the reason as best as I can. Since this is based on a period novel by William Faulkner that is set in the depression-era 1930’s, Sirk’s decision to shoot it in black-and-white is not only daring and fitting, but like his greatest color films, he proves that he can get just as much expressionism out from black-and-white as he can with color. On the surface substance wise, it is as haunting as any of Douglas Sirk’s other great melodramas, but I think this one might be his boldest when you take into account the relevance a post-WWI set film connects to a post-WWII period. In the 1950’s, their was a critically praised stage play by Terence Rattigan called The Deep Blue Sea (1952). I saw Terence Davies film version, but I did not see any version of the story on the theatre scene. In it though, their is a ex-WWII pilot (an important character) who feels that his days as a pilot in WWII was his most exciting time and during his postwar years, he feels washed-up. In The Tarnished Angels, this is how the central character played by Robert Stack feels. He felt WWI was when his occupation was at his most exciting. In his post-WWI years, he feels anything but. This boldness is why I rank The Tarnished Angels in second place. Now I can not say If this is how War veterans feel because The Tarnished Angels and The Deep Blue Sea are works of fiction, but it does help to compare some of the aspects of these two pieces of popular literature- one being from the USA and the other being from the UK. I hope I explained it well. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Hi John. This is very interesting, especially the way you relate it to The Deep Blue Sea, a film which I found very moving! I would like to see more of your thoughts on the films you rank developed in this way. It would make for some great reading!.
    Keep up the great work, as you say!

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