Friday, November 1, 2013

Written On the Wind (1954)

WHO: Douglas Sirk directed this.

WHAT: One of the best-known of Sirk's high-gloss melodramas made for producer Ross Hunter. I've historically preferred Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life myself, but I feel like it's about time I took another look at this one too. Tag Gallagher calls it the director's "fullest expression of [the] “Faust” theme". 

WHERE/WHEN: Tonight only at the Pacific Film Archive at 8:50 PM.

WHY: This screens as part of the PFA's Fassbinder's Favorites mini-series; a sampling of the German cinephile-director's most cherished films made before his own career began in the late 1960s. All but one of the four selections screen on the same night as a Fassbinder film at that venue; tonight's screening is preceded by one of Chinese Roulette. The odd one out is Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre Sa Vie, which screens November 22nd, the same night that Cleo From 5 To 7 closes a short series of Agnès Varda's films inspired by her trip to the PFA this coming Monday and Tuesday.

HOW: 35mm print.

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