Written on the Wind
A Twisted Masterpiece Of Self-Parody
Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com
January 18, 1998
In countless ways visible and invisible, Douglas Sirk's sly subversion skewed American popular culture, and helped launch a new age of irony.
This is a perverse and wickedly funny melodrama in which you can find the seeds of “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” and all the other prime-time soaps. Douglas Sirk is the one who established their tone, in which shocking behavior is treated with passionate solemnity, while parody burbles beneath.
On the surface, it's a sopa opera, a small-town melodrama about a troubled and powerful Texan clan, but it's Douglas Sirk's thematic critique, ironic approach and visual style that makes this Oscar-winning film stand out from the rest of the bunch. --Emanuel Levy