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Written on the Wind

Douglas Sirk

 
Written on the Wind (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

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  • United States
  • 1956
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #96

Bathed in lurid Technicolor, melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. Features an all-star quartet that includes Robert Stack as a pistol-packin’ alcoholic playboy; Lauren Bacall as his long-suffering wife; Rock Hudson as his earthy best friend; and Dorothy Malone (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) as his nymphomaniac sister.

Cast

Mitch WayneRock Hudson
Lucy Moore HadleyLauren Bacall
Kyle Hadley Robert Stack
Marylee Hadley Dorothy Malone
Jasper Hadley Robert Keith
Biff MileyGrant Williams
Dan WillisRobert J. Wilke
Doctor Paul Cochrane Edward C. Platt
Hoak WayneHarry Shannon
Roy Carter John Larch
RJ CourtneyJoseph Granby

Credits

Disc Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • The Melodrama Archive: An annotated filmography of director Douglas Sirk with hundreds of behind-the-scenes and production photos, plus vintage lobby cards
  • Original theatrical trailers for Written on the Wind and All That Heaven Allows
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Exclusive liner notes by noted film theorist Laura Mulvey

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Written on the Wind

By Laura Mulvey June 18, 2001

When its director, Douglas Sirk, said Written on the Wind was “a film about failure,” he hardly did justice to the way pent-up, unfulfilled sexuality spills onto the screen and into the visual . . . Read more »

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Features

The Sirk-Hudson Connection

By Mark Rappaport January 21, 2009

It’s a clichéd truism that moviemaking is a collaborative art. Of course it is, and there are dozens, if not hundreds, of examples of directors working time and again with the same crew members, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Written on the Wind

By Laura Mulvey June 18, 2001

When its director, Douglas Sirk, said Written on the Wind was “a film about failure,” he hardly did justice to the way pent-up, unfulfilled sexuality spills onto the screen and into the visual . . . Read more »

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