Douglas Sirk

Director, Producer, Newspaperman
Best known for his Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, Douglas Sirk first achieved success in post-WWI Germany, as a theater director. Under the name Claus Detlef Sierck, he directed for the stage from 1922 to 1937 ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1897 in Hamburg, DE

Filmography

Director (23)

Bourbon Street Blues 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle Hymn 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Interlude 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tarnished Angels 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

There's Always Tomorrow 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Written on the Wind 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Sign of the Pagan 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Taza, Son of Cochise 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

All I Desire 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Take Me to Town 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Thunder on the Hill 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Lured 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Mystery Submarine (Movie)

(Director)

No Room for the Groom (Movie)

(Director)

Sleep, My Love (Movie)

(Director)

Slightly French (Movie)

(Director)

Summer Storm (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

My Life For Zarah Leander 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (1)

Summer Storm (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Best known for his Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, Douglas Sirk first achieved success in post-WWI Germany, as a theater director. Under the name Claus Detlef Sierck, he directed for the stage from 1922 to 1937, emphasizing the work of such classic playwrights as Moliere, Ibsen, Shaw and Shakespeare. In 1934 he was hired by UFA, which released his first feature film, "'T was een April/It Was in April," in 1935. Despite his great success, Sirk left Germany in 1937 because of his opposition to the policies of the Third Reich. After a brief stay in France and Holland, where he worked on several scripts and produced two films, Sirk was invited to America to remake "Zu Neuen Ufern/To New Shores" (1937), one of his most successful German films featuring the great star Zarah Leander.

Relationships

Hildegard Jary

Wife

EDUCATION

Naval Academy

Jena University

Munich University

attended Albert Einstein's talks on his theory of relativity

University of Hamburg

Hamburg

Milestones

1959

Retired; returned to Germany

1937

Immigrated to USA

1935

Debut as feature director

1934

Switched to film work after Nazi rise to power (films were less subject to Nazi scrutiny)

Born to Danish parents in Hamburg; raised in Denmark; moved to Germany as teenager to study art and drama

Became stage producer and director

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