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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Written on the Wind

ISBN 9781844574209
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series BFI Film Classics

This is the first single study of Douglas Sirk's 1956 film Written on the Wind, a melodrama about an alcoholic playboy who marries the woman his best friend secretly loves. Peter Evans incorporates original archival research to examine the production, promotion and reception of this masterpiece of Hollywood melodrama.

PETER WILLIAM EVANS is Emeritus Professor of Film at Queen Mary, University of London. His publications include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1996), Luis Buñuel: New Readings (co-edited, 2004), and Carol Reed (2005).

Overture: The Wind
1 Production and Promotion
2 Realism, Modernism and Melodrama
3 Mise en scene
4 Dorothy Malons/Marylee: 'Enough devil in her...'
5 Lauren Bacall: 'A lady, a beautiful lady'
6 Rock Hudson and Robert Stack: Cain and Abel
Coda: The River


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