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25 quotations by Douglas Sirk

QuoteYour characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after.Quote

QuoteYour camera is the best critic there is. Critics never see as much as the camera does. It is more perceptive than the human eye.Quote

QuoteYou have to think with the heart.Quote

QuoteYes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director. They had seen Scandal and liked it. I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin my project of American films.Quote

QuoteWhen we first came to America, I bought a tiny piece of land far out in the country. But there was no place to live on it, only a shed.Quote

QuoteThroughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic.Quote

QuoteThese happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition.Quote

QuoteThere arose a belief in style - and in banality. Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.Quote

QuoteThe war was the end of an era, in art as well. And we were trying to create a new philosophy.Quote

QuoteSo slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less.Quote

QuoteRoss Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town, He was a young man, an actor before that, and learned a lot on the picture. During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant. He never interfered.Quote

QuoteNow in theory, if there is no straight line in the universe, this has its effect on art. Art must consist of something bent, something curved.Quote

QuoteMy idea at this time, which was slowly developing, was to create a comedie humaine with little people, average people - samples from every period in American life.Quote

QuoteIn the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics - an almost frozen idea of what beauty is.Quote

QuoteIf I couldn't read, I couldn't live.Quote

QuoteIf I can say one thing for my pictures, it is a certain craftsmanship. A thought which has gone into every angle. There is nothing there without an optical reason.Quote

QuoteI was making films about American society, and it is true that I never felt at home there, except perhaps when my wife and I lived on a farm in the San Fernando Valley.Quote

QuoteI think the great artists, especially in literature, have always thought with the heart.Quote

QuoteI never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of, except in this, the craft, the style.Quote

QuoteI knew Law, and I knew theater. I didn't, of course, know American law, and in America the theater did not exist, except for Broadway.Quote

QuoteI didn't think I could continue to do the melodrama as I had done in Germany. I couldn't know how it would go over with audiences here.Quote

QuoteI considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives.Quote

QuoteAt the same time, of course, Marxism arose - Rosa Luxembourg, Leninism, anarchism - and art became political.Quote

QuoteAnd it really began with Einstein. We attended his lectures. Now the theory of relativity remained - and still remains - only a theory. It has not been proven. But it suggested a completely different picture of the physical world.Quote

QuoteA director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do.Quote