in about 100 words or less
US 99m, Colour
Director: Douglas Sirk; Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone
A wildly colourful and extravagant production, Written on the Wind is an over-the-top melodrama that is considered by some to be a satire of the genre, and perhaps is best enjoyed if you watch it with that idea in mind. With a story that resembles a soap opera, and a soundtrack to match, it’s difficult to resolve the fact that this is also a beautifully photographed and well directed film. Having recently watched the The Spoils of Babylon (2014), and being a long time fan of SCTV’s soap opera parody, Days of the Week (1982), I finally see where they found their inspiration, it was Written on the Wind (Klaus Ming December 2015).