Das Mädchen vom Moorhof (Detlef Sierck/Douglas Sirk, 1935) shows the master taking from the greats who preceded him as he forges his own vision. The earliest Sirk available with English subtitles that I know of, the film basks in Renoiresque sunburnt countrysides and looks forward to the popular postwar Heimatfilm (although the more immediate context was the venal National Socialist Blut und Boden [Blood and Soil] ideology designed to convince the peasantry that fascism was the future).
A queer and/or Freudian reading could be applied to the hero's inability (or unwillingness?) to take up his proper Oedipal role within the family/home, seen here walking hand-in-hand with his father through the bridal procession after calling off a wedding.
Finally, some showy transitions - a man drops a stone in water which dissolves into the next scene; and the scythe dissolve already reveals Sirk's predilection for imbuing objects with the status of characters.
Labels: Douglas Sirk