Archive for Douglas Sirk

Illusion Sails

Posted in FILM with tags , , on January 16, 2016 by dcairns


Zarah Leander says goodbye.

In theory this might be a rear projection shot with a miniature sailing ship drifting off into a cyclorama sea, but I want and in some silly way NEED to believe that the shot, from Douglas Sirk’s ZU NEUEN UFERN, was achieved in camera, with a really BIG model ship, as tall as the statuesque Zarah herself,  positioned not far from her in a forced perspective kind of a deal. That makes it somehow more poetic, I think.

The film is very good, once you get past the oddity of Nazi Germany making a valid critique of the British class system. It’s also a rare musical where every single eruption of song, apart from the music hall numbers, feels like a derailment of the film’s cinematic reality. It’s like seeing a musical for the first time, before you knew they were possible.

My Name is Legion

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on December 17, 2015 by dcairns


Charles Boyer frocks up for Sirk over at The Forgotten, in the second in our little series triggered by the New York retrospective.

Behave, Satan!

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on December 10, 2015 by dcairns


Red-hot monkey action in A SCANDAL IN PARIS. This fortnight’s forgotten considers this film, part of a trilogy of Douglas Sirk – George Sanders collaborations soon to screen in New York. Here.