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.
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.
Ever wonder where the 1970s soap opera "Dallas" came from? It's all here, in the DNA of this 1950s treasure.
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!
Not realistic but fun to watch.
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