Douglas Sirk’s captivating melodramas ripped to shreds the bourgeois values of 50s America while simultaneously elevating middle-class crises to Wagnerian heights. He found the perfect vessel in broad-shouldered beefcake Rock Hudson, of whom the director said: “His dream was to become a good actor, and I can say, not without pride, that I helped him become one.”
A reckless playboy causes a woman to go blind and atones for it by becoming a doctor.
Sirk’s expressionist film about the sordid lives of a band of stunt fliers.
A gardener strikes up a romance with an older widow in Sirk’s subversive weepie.
Sirk’s most radical film charts juvenile deviance in a prominent Texas family.