Kenneth Johnson‘s Today’s Memory
Douglas Sirk’s birthday
Originally shared by Kenneth Johnson
Memoriam Spotlight: Douglas Sirk began directing films for UFA in Germany, but left in 1937 after his second wife – who was Jewish – fled the country, and his first wife – a Hitler supporter – denounced him. Arriving in America, Sirk found steady work at Universal directing dramas for Ross Hunter, the most popular being „Imitation Of Life” (1959). His distaste for the „Hollywood lifestyle” (hey, you have to „play the game” to continue working!) prompted Sirk to relocate in Switzerland. His legacy has been debated with some seeing his work as „high art” and an auteur, while others say Sirk was a „soap opera director”. Perhaps he was both.