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Written on the Wind

Released 1956
Distributor Universal

The most operatic of Weimar emigre Douglas Sirk’s flamboyant imitations of life, this deliberately artificial yet incisive slice of Americana documents the fall of a powerful Texas oil family and is considered by many to be the director’s masterpiece. It’s one of the great Hollywood movies, encapsulating the lurid Universal-International unreality of the 1950s.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.