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5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 16, 2013 4:02 PM
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5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships
Being ordered by your mother to "Go to your closet and pray” is hopefully not a parenting technique of which too many of us have had first-hand experience. But then, hopefully also, few enough of us are supernaturally-inclined telekinetic teenaged victims of social exclusion and bullying either. This week “Carrie” is released, the remake of the Brian de Palma stone-cold classic, or the reworking of Stephen King’s wildly popular bestseller, however you choose to look at it. And indeed, however you initially came to it, it’s a story that’s probably familiar to you and its pigs-blood-at-the-prom-scene provides some of the most iconic horror imagery in popular culture.

Watch: 1979 Short Film 'Bourbon Street Blues' Directed by Douglas Sirk & Starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • September 24, 2013 2:50 PM
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In 1959 Douglas Sirk left Hollywood and never turned back, effectively ending his three decade long career. He eventually returned to Germany, the place he was born, and at a certain point started teaching at a film school in Munich. It was at this film school, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, where he directed a couple of short films with his students. It’s the last of those films, “Bourbon Street Blues,” that’s recently been unearthed and you can view the 25-minute short in its entirety below.

The Essentials: Douglas Sirk

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 26, 2013 2:33 PM
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The films of Douglas Sirk, feature
German filmmaker Douglas Sirk (né Hans Detlef Sierck) directed almost 40 films in a career that spanned three decades. A late bloomer known for grand, gorgeously expressive and emotional melodramas in the 1950s, he took a third of his career to hit full stride. The early movies were comedies, glossy adventure stories and war dramas. During his days working in Germany the director was heavily censored and when he escaped to the United States in 1937 he found himself stifled once again, “A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do,” he once said. 1942’s vengeful, vehemently anti-Nazi “Hitler's Madman” only really existed because it was seen as patriotic, and films Sirk made as late as 1952, like “Has Anyone Seen My Gal?” featuring his broad-shouldered go-to male muse Rock Hudson, were insubstantial trifles compared to his mature work. That film, lightweight comedy though it is, does still possess hints of commentary on class, status, money and the sickening desire for it all -- themes Sirk would explore, and quietly explode, in his best work.

5 Things You May Not Know About Douglas Sirk's 'Imitation Of Life'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 17, 2012 10:02 AM
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The Oscar-winning success of last year's "The Help" wa a throwback in many ways, principally to the socially-conscious melodramas of Stanley Kramer, like "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." Another comparison point that came up frequently in reviews of Tate Taylor's film was "Imitation Of Life," the 1959 melodrama by director Douglas Sirk, but it's scarcely fair: over fifty years on, Sirk's picture stands head and shoulders above virtually every other melodrama.

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