Sirk, Douglas: Auteur?

German-born director, Douglas Sirk, who enjoyed a long and fertile career in Hollywood, made great melodramas in the 1950s.

Sirk discussed with his interviewer Jon Holliday issues of art and trash:

“Trashiness isĀ  very important, and it saves trashy stuff like ‘Magnificent Obsession.’ There is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains the element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art.”