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Douglas Sirk, Aesthetic Modernism and the Culture of Modernity

Victoria L. Evans


The first truly interdisciplinary analysis to link Douglas Sirk’s striking visual aesthetic to key movements in twentieth century art and architecture, this book reveals how the exaggerated artifice of Sirk's formal style emerged from his detailed understanding of the artistic debates that raged in 1920s Europe and the post-war United States. By providing an extensive analysis of nine of this director's most pivotal works, including lengthy case studies of Final Chord (1936), Magnificent Obsession (1953), All That Heaven Allows (1954), The Tarnished Angels (1957) and Imitation of Life (1959), ... More

Keywords: Douglas Sirk, Modernism, art and film, colour and film, architecture and film, melodrama, close textual analysis, visual culture, space, interdisciplinary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474409391
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria L. Evans, author
Dunedin Film Society