Archive for category: Douglas Sirk

Blu-ray: ‘Sleep My Love’

14 July, 2014 (22:46) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Douglas Sirk, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

A romantic thriller in the Gaslight vein, Sleep, My Love (1948) is a shadowy melodrama with an atmosphere of Gothic thriller by way of high society film noir, and it grabs your attention immediately with a kicker of an opening: a train speeding through the night, Claudette Colbert waking up in a sleeping car with […]

Barbara Stanwyck at Universal and Criterion’s Southern Revivals – DVDs of the Week

27 April, 2010 (05:33) | by Sean Axmaker, Douglas Sirk, DVD | By: Sean Axmaker

The Barbara Stanwyck Collection (Universal Backlot Series) (Universal) Barbara Stanwyck, that powerhouse actress of the sound era of Hollywood cinema, is gifted with a style and sensibility that has arguably aged more convincingly and compellingly into the 21st century than her contemporaries. While you can’t really say her performance elevates every one of her films […]

“Magnificent Obsession” – DVD of the Week 1/20/09

19 January, 2009 (20:10) | by Sean Axmaker, Douglas Sirk, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Deep in the second act of Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession, as Jane Wyman’s blind heroine Helen Hudson mourns for her lost sight after a disappointing prognosis from the world’s greatest ocular specialists in a Swiss Clinic, she steps out of her bedroom and into the drawing room of her accommodations (no tourist class for this […]

Douglas Sirk: An Introduction

18 January, 2009 (13:10) | by Sean Axmaker, Douglas Sirk, Essays | By: Sean Axmaker

[Criterion releases Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession this week. In celebration, I offer this essay, which was originally published on GreenCine in 2007] Halfway through Written on the Wind (1956), after oil baron Robert Keith has been bluntly confronted by the tawdry affairs of his alcoholic daughter Dorothy Malone, the dialogue drops out and the driving […]