A retrospective comparison of the classic Douglas Sirk melodramas of the 1950s and this well-done homage by director Todd Haynes.
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This TV short takes a look back at the work of director Douglas Sirk, in particular his body of powerful dramas. Includes interviews with those who were inspired by his work, as well as archive footage of Sirk himself working on the films that would become future classics. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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10 November 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This short promoting Far From Heaven uses behind-the-scene footage, scenes from the film, and interviews. It also has posters, trailers, titles and quick scenes from the Douglas Sirk films which director Todd Haynes approximates - All I Desire, All That Heaven Allows, Magnificent Obsession, and Imitation of Life. Haynes says he likes Julianne Moore because of her restraint, and the only time we are shown him directing her is about blocking.

This kind of short is one of those that is so full of excerpts that it is best viewed after having seen the feature. It's not that it shows any of the spicy spoilers, but it provides a lot of narrative via mixed editing.


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