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.
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...