Reflection: Written on the Wind

Posted on November 8, 2010 
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Honestly, I sat here for about an hour and wrote 2 paragraphs about Written on the Wind.  I then erased the whole thing because I hated what I wrote and it just seemed so scripted or “essayish.”  No one on here wants to read a boring essay.

So I decided to just state my bluntly honest opinion about Sirk and the film that we watched.  In my opinion, Sirk’s films are quite captivating, and it’s also nice to have watched something in color 😉 .  I feel that his usage of color is somewhat over the top as are the personalities of the characters that he depicts throughout the story.  I’ve seen a few Sirk films and they all seem to be very similar, not only in the makeup of the mise-en-scene but in the intended messages as well.

In today’s society I think some of his films would be absolute failures and I think other’s would be successes.  I do believe that if Written on the Wind was made today it would be able to hold up and compete at the box office because it contains so many characters that have such strong and attractive personalities.

Anyways, I’m not much for writing today as for some reason my allergies are going insane and I can’t stop sneezing.  But I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion on this film!


Adam B.


4 Responses to “Reflection: Written on the Wind”

  1.  rrudman100 on November 17th, 2010 10:43 pm

    I agree that the colors in this film are little abnormally intense, but I think that it’s kind of important in melodramas. It is a specific genre that likes to put emphasis on the emotions, and color creates an emotion in its audience.

  2.  abethon on November 18th, 2010 1:12 pm

    Agree completely, I wasn’t attempting to “knock” the style of melodrama but was just commenting on the visuals that I grasped.

    Similar to film noir, melodramas have their own way of doing things and expressing the intended messages.

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