Written on the Wind

Written on the Wind

DVD - 2001
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Drama of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9781559409131
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WRITT
Characteristics: Laser optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features include: New widescreen digital transfer ; The melodrama archive, annotated filmography of Douglas Sirk ; theatrical trailers for Written on the wind and All that heaven allows ; liner notes by Laura Mulvey
Originally released as a motion picture in 1956
Based on the novel by Robert Wilder
Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.77:1)


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Jan 20, 2018

When it came to lurid melodrama, 1950s-style - (director) Douglas Sirk certainly had an uncanny knack for elevating it all to the fascinating level of pop-art.

Sirk's hyper-stylized visuals (always generously applied) seemed to transform the usual hokum into something else, altogether - Like, how about a deliriously excessive representation of an utterly vacuous America?

Set on a garish, Texan landscape of bold colours, shiny surfaces and vulgar opulence - Sibling oil-dynasty brats (now self-destructive adults) cling and claw and do their absolute damnedest to destroy all that is precious and joyful around them.

From the clear perspective of pure entertainment - "Written On The Wind" all adds up to irresistible, 1950s, American kitsch. Actors Robert Stack, Lauren Bacall, Rock Hudson and Dorothy Malone dig, like literal famished prospectors, into their roles with absolute relish and gusto.

Jan 10, 2017

VERY GOOD 1956 film with several talented actors in Douglas Sirk directed production. Almost bailed after about 1/2 hour - but glad I stayed with this classic film.

Jul 20, 2016

Ever wonder where the 1970s soap opera "Dallas" came from? It's all here, in the DNA of this 1950s treasure.

Jan 15, 2015

Dorothy Malone got an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in "Written on the Wind" in 1957. This is one of the best films of director Douglas Sirk. The script is great and the other cast members are Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall. Now this should peak your curiosity about the film. I think it is a winner!

Aug 27, 2014

Not realistic but fun to watch.


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