Master of Architecture (MArch)
Motion Pictures (Communication)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Jean Francois Lejeune - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Katherine J. Wheeler - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
William Rothman - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Konstantia Kontaxis - Committee Member
Critics have extensively explored filmmaker Douglas Sirkâ??s personal involvement in numerous aspects of his cinema, especially in his mise-en-scene. Sirkâ??s architectural vision however, is quite underrated among his scholars. This thesis is a research- oriented, as well as an analytical study on Douglas Sirkâ??s architectural semiotics, and the intricate layers of narrative meaning that it adds to his cinematic oeuvre. As case studies, I select four of his 1950s Hollywood films that refer to a contemporaneous disappointment towards the aggressively advertized postwar notion of a suburban dream house, and its small town precedents. Looking at the expressiveness of context, building type, layout, and interior decoration of the dream house in each film, I investigate how Sirk criticizes its materialistic aspects in light of ephemeral cinematic architectures.
Film And Architecture; Douglas Sirk; American Small Towns And Suburbia In Film; Narrative Space In Film
Hayat, Sara, "Dream Houses Gone Wrong: Small Town, Suburbia, and Architectural Narrative in Four Films by Douglas Sirk" (2010). Open Access Theses. 394.