If contemporary TV audiences knew Douglas Sirk (and Max Ophüls) and read "1984", the world would be a better place.
Still no Captain Lightfoot ? It’s another masterpiece by the most ironic of the great Hollywood smugglers, a treatise on artificiality in the guise of a swashbuckling fest — turning space into a dreamlike network of traps, simulacra and decoys — whose mise en scène is as elegant, perverse, precise and definitely uncanny as it can get.
Probably the greatest visual stylist Hollywood has ever seen. Even his most minor films are worth seeing.
if you can, take an opportunity to study some of his films. i've had the chance to study relatively profoundly 'all that heaven allows' and 'written on the wind' and they are filled with elements you wouldn't think of. for example, the miniature of the oil tower in the study, in 'written on the wind', is a sexual symbol, as are the red flowers in dorothy malone's room.
The comment below is truth. / Sirk is an inspiration. I can confidently say he will be a significant influence upon my future work. Add more Sirk films, please.