Written On The Wind


(out of 5)

Douglas Sirk’s gorgeously photographed drama is sort of like Giant on a much smaller scale. It tells of a Texas oil family whose son and daughter () bring their clan to ruin with their morally corrupt ways.  stars as the northern outsider who wins Stack’s heart and marries him before he succumbs to drinking and paranoia, all the while his best friend () looks on with jealousy over the woman he loved first. Malone, on the other hand, wants Hudson badly, but in the event that she can’t have him decides to have public trysts with all sorts of lowly men all over town. Photography is gorgeous, and the atmosphere is set just at the perfect level of soap operatic melodrama, not too realistic, but not too cheesy either.

Universal International Pictures

USA, 1956

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1956

Golden Globe Awards 1956

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