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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).

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2 comments on “Written on the Wind (1956)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    01/01/2016

    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
      01/03/2016

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

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