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      Douglas Sirk

      Douglas Sirk

      Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Sign of the Pagan (1954)

      Birthday: Apr 26, 1897

      Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

      Best known for his Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, Douglas Sirk first achieved success in post-WWI Germany, as a theater director. Under the name Claus Detlef Sierck, he directed for the stage from 1922 to 1937, emphasizing the work of such classic playwrights as Moliere, Ibsen, Shaw and Shakespeare. In 1934 he was hired by UFA, which released his first feature film, "'T was een April/It Was in April," in 1935. Despite his great success, Sirk left Germany in 1937 because of his opposition to the policies of the Third Reich. After a brief stay in France and Holland, where he worked on several scripts and produced two films, Sirk was invited to America to remake "Zu Neuen Ufern/To New Shores" (1937), one of his most successful German films featuring the great star Zarah Leander.

      Photos

      INTERLUDE, director Douglas Sirk discussing a scene with Marianne Koch, on set, 1957 INTERLUDE, Jane Wyatt discussing a scene with director Douglas Sirk, on location, Nymphenburg Gardens, Munich, Germany, 1957 IMITATION OF LIFE, producer Ross Hunter, Lana Turner, director Douglas Sirk on set, 1959 SIGN OF THE PAGAN, from left, director Douglas Sirk, Jeff Chandler, Ludmilla Tcherina, on-set, 1954 INTERLUDE, director Douglas Sirk (beneath clock), June Allyson (in front of car), filming a scene outside railway station in Munich, Germany, 1957 THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, from left: director Douglas Sirk, dialogue coach Jack Daniels, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett on set, 1956 THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, from left: director Douglas Sirk, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray on set, 1956 INTERLUDE, Cornell Borchers (second right) visiting (l to r): camera technician Phil O'Neill, cinematographer William Daniels, director Douglas Sirk, on location, Munich, Germany, 1957 INTERLUDE, the international cast toasting the film with their native drinks (l to r): Francoise Rosay (French champagne), Marianne Koch (German beer), director Douglas Sirk (Rhine wine), June Allyson (American stinger), Rossanno Brazzi (Italian chianti, o ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, cinematographer Russell Metty, Agnes Moorehead, director Douglas Sirk, Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, producer Ross Hunter, dialogue supervisor Jack Daniels, 1955 MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, Jane Wyman, director Douglas Sirk (sunglasses), 1954, on set THE TARNISHED ANGELS, director Douglas Sirk, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson on set, 1958 THE TARNISHED ANGELS, Dorothy Malone, Chris Olsen, Rock Hudson, 1958 A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, director Douglas Sirk instructing Liselotte Pulver on set, 1958

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 91% Imitation of Life Director - 1959
      80% 75% A Time to Love and a Time to Die Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 22% Battle Hymn Director - 1957
      100% 69% The Tarnished Angels Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 80% Interlude Director - 1957
      88% 82% There's Always Tomorrow Director - 1956
      87% 76% Written on the Wind Director - 1956
      91% 81% All That Heaven Allows Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 33% Captain Lightfoot Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 27% Taza, Son of Cochise Director - 1954
      88% 72% Magnificent Obsession Director - 1954
      43% 33% Sign of the Pagan Director - 1954
      100% 75% All I Desire Director - 1953
      100% No Score Yet Meet Me at the Fair Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Me to Town Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 88% Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady Pays Off Director - 1952
      83% 65% Thunder on the Hill Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekend With Father Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Legion Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery Submarine Director - 1950
      No Score Yet 33% Slightly French Director - 1949
      82% 49% Shockproof Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 67% Sleep, My Love Director - 1948
      100% 70% Lured Director - 1947
      75% 62% A Scandal in Paris Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 20% Summer Storm Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 50% Hitler's Madman Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 38% La Habanera Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To New Shores Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Final Chord Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Schlussakkord Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pillars of Society Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From the Marsh Croft Director - 1935