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Douglas Sirk Quotes & Quotations
Douglas Sirk
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    A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    And it really began with Einstein. We attended his lectures. Now the theory of relativity remained - and still remains - only a theory. It has not been proven. But it suggested a completely different picture of the physical world. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    At the same time, of course, Marxism arose - Rosa Luxembourg, Leninism, anarchism - and art became political. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I didn't think I could continue to do the melodrama as I had done in Germany. I couldn't know how it would go over with audiences here. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I knew Law, and I knew theater. I didn't, of course, know American law, and in America the theater did not exist, except for Broadway. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of, except in this, the craft, the style. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I think the great artists, especially in literature, have always thought with the heart. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    I was making films about American society, and it is true that I never felt at home there, except perhaps when my wife and I lived on a farm in the San Fernando Valley. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    If I can say one thing for my pictures, it is a certain craftsmanship. A thought which has gone into every angle. There is nothing there without an optical reason. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    If I couldn't read, I couldn't live. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics - an almost frozen idea of what beauty is. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    My idea at this time, which was slowly developing, was to create a comedie humaine with little people, average people - samples from every period in American life. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    Now in theory, if there is no straight line in the universe, this has its effect on art. Art must consist of something bent, something curved. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town, He was a young man, an actor before that, and learned a lot on the picture. During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant. He never interfered. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    The war was the end of an era, in art as well. And we were trying to create a new philosophy. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    There arose a belief in style - and in banality. Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was a common belief that politics were not worthy of art. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic. Douglas-SirkDouglas Sirk
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    When we first came to America, I bought a tiny piece of land far out in the country. But there was no place to live on it, only a shed. Douglas-Sirk/">Douglas Sirk
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    Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director. They had seen Scandal and liked it. I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin my project of American films. Douglas-Sirk/">Douglas Sirk
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    You have to think with the heart. Douglas-Sirk/">Douglas Sirk
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    Your camera is the best critic there is. Critics never see as much as the camera does. It is more perceptive than the human eye. Douglas-Sirk/">Douglas Sirk
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    Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after. Douglas-Sirk/">Douglas Sirk