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Magnificent Obsession

Posted by Web Manager on March 22, 2010

Douglas Sirk 1954

I kept hearing about Douglas Sirk, but never directly. No one was willing to come out and say anything specific about the man or his movies. And yet I was sure I knew what it would all be about. So I checked my precognitions against MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, apparently Sirk’s breakout mainstream film. First of all, I was totally right. The movie is an absurd love story with a creepy Christian undercurrent – something you think you’d never want to watch if it weren’t for the fact that from the first frame you get the feeling that the director sees things the same way you do.  It isn’t satire, exactly – mainly because the movie never makes fun of itself or its main characters.  The more preposterous the scene, the more serious the film becomes.  How you’ll feel about this – or whether  you’ll care at all – is an open question, but he’s worth checking out if you want to see how an artist can turn earnestness on its head.

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