Facts about Douglas Sirk

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Douglas Sirk was a famous Director from Germany, who lived between April 26, 1897 and January 14, 1987. He/she became 89 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 28 quotes who is written / told by Douglas, under the main topic Movie.

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Famous quotes by Douglas Sirk (28)


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"And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble"
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"Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after"
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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"
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"I think the great artists, especially in literature, have always thought with the heart"
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"Rock Hudson was not an educated man, but that very beautiful body of his was putty in my hands"
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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"
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"I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of, except in this, the craft, the style"
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"I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives"
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"At the time I belonged to the socialist party, and Hitler came to power"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"If I couldn't read, I couldn't live"
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"I worked for UFA as a set designer, you know"
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"For a house, somewhere near Los Angeles I found an old church. Very old, no longer used. So we moved the church to the land, and I took off the steeple, and I got my hands dirty"
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"A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do"
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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"
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"Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic"
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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"
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"Intellectualism came very late to America. That's why Americans are so proud of it. I found very few real intellectuals in America. But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals"
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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"
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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"
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"But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers for the failings of their world. And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them"
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"You have to think with the heart"
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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"
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"In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics - an almost frozen idea of what beauty is"
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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"
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"At the same time, of course, Marxism arose - Rosa Luxembourg, Leninism, anarchism - and art became political"


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