Just because the industry is peopled with cretins, scoundrels, and bigots—if it is or ever was—does not mean that it may not have worked, once upon a time. But film culture has been dismissive of the trade and loyal to battered, half-hearted artists. As a result, we do not know how the system functioned.
Women think in [Douglas] Sirk’s films. Something which has never struck me with other directors. None of them. Usually women are always reacting, doing what women are supposed to do, but in Sirk they think. It’s something that has to be seen. It’s great to see women think. It gives one hope. Honestly.