"the films of Douglas Sirk"

Written on the Wind
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 Douglas Sirk (1897 – 1987) was a Danish-German film director well known for his work in Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s.  He was born in Germany, spent his early years in Denmark, and moved back to Germany as a teenager. He and his Jewish wife left Germany in 1937, and moved to the United States.  There, he Americanised his name (he was born Hans Detlef Sierck), and by 1942 was established in Hollywood, directing the anti-Nazi movie Hitler's Madman

Magnificent Obsession
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He made a series of opulent melodramas for Universal International Pictures from 1952 to 1958, but left Hollywood and film making at the height of his success.  His films, despite their commercial success, were considered unimportant because of their focus on female and domestic issues.  However they enjoyed a revival in the 1970s, whuch saw them hailed as masterpieces of irony, criticizing American society underneath the banal surface plot. Quentin Tarantino paid homage to Sirk and his melodramatic style in Pulp Fiction, when character Vincent Vega, at a '50s-themed restaurant, orders the "Douglas Sirk steak."