Written on the Wind (1956) Film Review B+

Written on the Wind
DIRECTOR: Douglas Sirk
BOTTOM LINE: In director Douglas Sirk’s Southern Gothic melodrama, Robert Stack’s Kyle Hadley, the alcoholic heir of a Texas oil dynasty, has deeper feelings for his childhood friend Mitch (Rock Hudson) than for his lovely new wife (Lauren Bacall). Drenched in magnificent technicolor courtesy of cinematographer Russell Metty, the film’s central tenet is that Kyle and his ruthless sister Marylee (Oscar winner Dorothy Malone) lust after the same man. Robert Stack received his only Oscar nomination for this role. Adapted from the novel by Robert Wilder.

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