Written on the Wind
First screened in July 1998
Director: Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Grant Williams, Edward Platt, Harry Shannon, John Larch, Joseph Granby, Roy Glenn, Maidie Norman. Screenplay: George Zuckerman (based on the novel by Robert Wilder).

Twitter Capsule: As remarkable for its emotionally voluptuous mise-en-scène as for its notion of oil wealth as perverse capital.

Second Capsule: Luxurious as soap. Bravely vicious, though not always overt, as political critique. Colors catch your breath.

VOR:   50s woman's film taken to thematically brave extremes. Expressionist color dialed to febrile levels. Prescient Bush biography indictment of U.S. petroleum state as Oedipal tragedy. All at once!

Photo © 1956 Universal Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Stack
Best Original Song: "Written on the Wind"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone

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