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Written on the Wind (1956)

US 99m, Colour
Director: Douglas Sirk; Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Written-on-the-WindA 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).


2 comments on “Written on the Wind (1956)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    It is funny when you encounter the parody before you know the thing being parodied. Some parodies work really well that way.

    When I was younger, I really enjoyed the Firesign Theatre, and especially a skit called Nick Danger

    It was only many years later, when I became very familiar with 1940s radio detective shows, that I learned how dead-on the parody was. But it was great fun even before I knew that.

    • Klaus

      Yes, this has happened few times with the 1001 list – and its great when you see the original.

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