22 August 2011

A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE (Dir. Douglas Sirk, 1958, US)

The closing shot to Sirk's 1958 masterpiece A Time to Love and a Time to Die.

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In 1959 Jean-Luc Godard published an essay 'Tears and Speed' on Sirk's film, praising it as one of Sirk's greatest achievements:
I love ostriches. They are realists. They only believe what they see. When everything is going wrong, and the world is getting altogether too ugly, they only have to shut their eyes very tightly for the outside world to just melt away, like the prince overwhelmed by the tenderness of the little laundress in a song by Renoir...

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