Douglas Sirk’s last film was realized in West Germany and stars his admirer Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Based on a play by Tennessee Williams. Mrs. Miller lives alone in a run-down boarding house in New Orleans, and daydreams of living on a Brazilian plantation.
The film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1900, in Hamburg, Germany to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English. His reputation, which was breathed to life by the French nouvelle vague critiques who developed the “auteur” (author) theory of film criticism, casts him one of the cinema’s great ironists. In his American and European films, his characters perceive their lives quite differently than does the movie audience viewing “them” in a theater. Dealing with love, death and societal constraints, his films often depend on melodrama, particularly the high suds soap operas he lensed for producer Ross Hunter in the 1950s: Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), and his last American film, Imitation of Life (1959). (Sirk’s favorite American film was the Western… read more
There are a couple of errors. Douglas Sirk wrote and directed 'Bourbon Street Blues'. Noone else co-directed or co-wrote. Michael Breining is not in the cast. He assisted in the sound dept. In addition Richard Wagner, at the time a young writer, has a small role. For those who are interested, there is also a film by Gustavo Graef-Marino, called 'Filmarbeit mit Douglas Sirk', documenting the shoot.