BFI Film Classics

Written on the Wind

Authors: Evans, Peter William

  • The first single study of Sirk's Written on the Wind
  • Incorporates original archival research in the archives at UCLA, USC and Margaret Herrick in LA
  • Highly illustrated with production stills from the BFI National Archive
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About this book

Written on the Wind (1956) is one of classical Hollywood's most striking films and
ranks among Douglas Sirk's finest achievements. An intense melodrama about
an alcoholic playboy who marries the woman his best friend secretly loves,
the film is highly stylised, psychologically complex, and marked by Sirk's
characteristic charting of the social realities of 1950s America.

This first single study of Written on the Wind reassesses the film's artistic
heritage and place within the wider framework of contemporary American
culture. Incorporating original archival research, Peter William Evans examines
the production, promotion and reception of Written on the Wind, exploring its
themes – of time, memory, space, family, class and sex – as well as its brilliance
of form. Its vivid aesthetics, powerful performances and profound treatment
of human emotions, make Written on the Wind a masterpiece of Hollywood
melodrama.

About the authors

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).

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eBook $29.99
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-420-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Written on the Wind
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-866-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-866-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-420-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
104
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