Douglas Sirk, the German-born filmmaker whose mainstream “women’s pictures” were subsequently recognized as some of the most challenging, subversive films of the 1950s, is in the midst of another upswing in popularity—thanks in no small part to Todd Haynes, whose Far from Heaven and recent Carol owe no small debt to Sirk’s work. Now, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting the largest Sirk retrospective in recent memory, with 25 features (all but one on film) running through the holiday season. And we’re lucky enough to premiere the dynamite trailer for the series.
This lush, 90-second tribute to the indelible imagery of Sirk—glossy surfaces concealing pain and angst—was created by independent filmmaker Zach Clark, another of Sirk’s current acolytes (as anyone who’s seen his film White Reindeer can attest). Check it out:
FSLC’s Imitations of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk runs from December 23 to January 6, spanning from his early German films to his beloved Hollywood melodramas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow; for more information, visit filmlinc.org.