Early Douglas Sirk

Early Douglas Sirk

5 Episodes

Before he became known as the king of the subversive, lavishly overwrought 1950s melodrama, German émigré director Douglas Sirk made his mark in Hollywood with a string of historical dramas, film noirs, comedies, and musicals. Displaying his sophistication, cutting intelligence, and visual flair, these unsung 1940s works—the sparkling caper A SCANDAL IN PARIS, the offbeat show-business satire SLIGHTLY FRENCH, and the perversely fascinating noirs LURED and SHOCKPROOF—paint a fuller picture of one of the studio era’s most intriguing and endlessly analyzed auteurs.

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Early Douglas Sirk
  • Early Douglas Sirk Teaser

    Episode 1

  • A Scandal in Paris

    Episode 2

    Directed by Douglas Sirk • 1946 • United States
    Starring George Sanders, Signe Hasso, Carole Landis

    “If you talk of art, I consider A SCANDAL IN PARIS my best picture,” declared director Douglas Sirk, whose adaptation of the memoirs of François Eugène Vidocq, the elegant thief turned chief of Pa...

  • Lured
    Episode 3


    Episode 3

    Directed by Douglas Sirk • 1947 • United States
    Starring George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn

    Douglas Sirk brings a surfeit of menacing, fog-shrouded atmosphere to this wonderfully eccentric blend of mystery and comedy. A serial killer is on the loose in London, luring young women into h...

  • Shockproof

    Episode 4

    Directed by Douglas Sirk • 1949 • United States
    Starring Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey

    Scripted by Samuel Fuller and directed in striking noir style by Douglas Sirk, this whiz-bang thriller traces the doomed love triangle that ensnares a just-out-of-prison killer (Patricia Knight)...

  • Slightly French

    Episode 5

    Directed by Douglas Sirk • 1949 • United States
    Starring Dorothy Lamour, Don Ameche, Janis Carter

    Douglas Sirk displays his facility for sophisticated comedy in this chic farce in which a tyrannical movie director (Don Ameche), having driven his Gallic leading lady to a nervous breakdown and des...