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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 20 Aug 2008
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A wonderful print of a totally delicious and over the top melodrama. It works perfectly. The use of colour has seldom been bettered, the performances ( even from Rock Hudson) are ideal and the lyrical and highly theatrical pre-credit sequence is an absolute masterpiece. See it in a double bill with All That Heaven Allows and you will remember how good it once was to go to the movies.Full marks to all concerned in the production and marketing of this "gold standard" DVD.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Self destructive oil rich family in highly charged melodrama, 6 July 2007
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This review is from: Written On The Wind [DVD] (DVD)
Oil rich siblings Kyle Hadley (Robert Stack) and his sister Marylee (Dorothy Malone) lead pointless self indulgent lives, Kyle womanising and drinking to excess and Marylee lusting for Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson). Wayne was brought up with the Hadley family and can only regard Marylee as a sister, whilst feeling compelled to protect Kyle from his excesses.

However when Mitch falls in love with Lucy (Lauren Bacall) but she marries Kyle an overcharged drama of mutual self destruction erupts.

Rock Hudson performs well in the best role as the strong supportive quasi brother to the siblings, and Stack and Bacall make the best of their less sympathetic characters. Malone gives a strong performance of a desperate woman sublimating her frustrated love by finding solace behaving as a tramp and keeping the family feuding on the boil.

Director Douglas Sirk dissects a segment of American society with his usual intensity, providing an engrossing but much larger than life melodrama.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty of the frames... and strength of the melodrama..., 17 Nov 2008
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There are roughly two kinds of films: story centred and image centred. Douglas Sirk is one of the greatest directors in matter of image making: his frames are colourful, the action is balanced in the frame both vertically and horizontally, surfaces are not flatly lit... this film is one of the best examples of his style.
But Douglas Sirk is also considered as a good storyteller and one of the best melodrama makers... this film is one of the best examples of his skilful melodrama making. That means Sirk is a master both in storytelling and in image making.
In my opinion this film is Sirk's best film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... BOUGHT THIS DVD AS A PRESENT THE RECIPIENT THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT., 1 Sep 2014
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I BOUGHT THIS DVD AS A PRESENT THE RECIPIENT THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Dec 2014
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good to see good actors again this can be played time and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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well worth seeing
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ending is alas not up to the drama, 31 Oct 2010
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The story is perfectly believable because it brings together four characters that hate each other and one another so much and at the same time love each other and one another so much that they have to kill one another and each other in the end, though three will survive. Drastic, bleak, horrific! The son and daughter of an oil tycoon are just spoiled children who cannot see life the way it should be, the result of a personal fight against one's own phantoms in one's head in order to be free and creative. So they fight against their closest friends or loves and they accuse them of the worst crimes or manipulate them with the menace of the worst crimes and life has to stop one day when the menace or the threat are too strong. Power leads to frustration, to impotence, to a lost bullet in the gut of the first one concerned by the gun since that one is holding it at that moment and with the help of fate and the cooperative hand of a woman, that bullet will end where it was not intended but where it solved one step of the problem and generates two or three more steps on that descent to Hell. Will that feminine hand go as far as doing what she tried to blackmail the brother's best friend Mitch with. You'll have to find out. But these children of rich people who have all they want and cannot accept not to get what they want, no matter what it is, are lost for society, and for themselves, and they will end dead or just rejected by everyone. Who said it was a good thing to be rich? He or she might have been right, but that does not cover the child of a rich person. And then that sure is not in any way a blissful lot. The film thus has some density and the ending is Hollywoodian in the fact that the most tragic dramas always end up in bliss in Hollywood, at least for the spectator who can leave the theater with a beautiful feeling.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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