Douglas Sirk quotes

  • These 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Meaningful #Promise #Rotten

  • In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics - an almost frozen idea of what beauty is.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Beauty #Art #Ideas

  • Yes, 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Opportunity #Directors #Scandal

  • Intellectualism came very late to America. That's why Americans are so proud of it. I found very few real intellectuals in America. But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Real #America #Pseudo Intellectuals

  • A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Directors #Hollywood #Wanted

  • At the time I belonged to the socialist party, and Hitler came to power.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Party #Socialist

  • I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Home #People

  • I worked for UFA as a set designer, you know.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Designer

  • If I couldn't read, I couldn't live.
    -- Douglas Sirk

  • Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic.
    -- Douglas Sirk

  • Your camera is the best critic there is. Critics never see as much as the camera does. It is more perceptive than the human eye.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Eye #Cameras #Doe

  • Rock Hudson was not an educated man, but that very beautiful body of his was putty in my hands.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Beautiful #Men #Rocks

  • Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Character #Innocence #Innocent

  • For a house, somewhere near Los Angeles I found an old church. Very old, no longer used. So we moved the church to the land, and I took off the steeple, and I got my hands dirty.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Dirty #Hands #Land

  • And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Film #Produce

  • You have to think with the heart.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Broken Heart #Thinking #Heart Broke

  • If 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Gone #Reason #Angle

  • I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of, except in this, the craft, the style.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Style #Crafts #Proud

  • So 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Art #Ideas #Perfection

  • I think the great artists (..) have always thought with the heart.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Heart #Artist #Thinking

  • This is the dialectic - there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Art #Distance #Quality

  • There is a wonderful expression: seeing through a glass darkly. Everything, even life, is inevitably removed from you. You can't reach, or touch, the real. You just see reflections
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Real #Reflection #Glasses

  • I 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. But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers for the failings of their world. And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Home #Character #Wife

  • There 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Art #Style #Belief

  • My 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.
    -- Douglas Sirk

    #Average #Ideas #People