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Dance of death in Written on the Wind

by Critical Commons Manager

In this amazing climax of Sirk's Written on the Wind, Dorothy Malone, the "nymphomaniac" daughter of oil tycoon Jasper Hadley (Robert Keith) metaphorically dances her father to death in a wanton display of sexual frenzy fueled by jazz music. In this quintessentially Sirk-ian moment, Malone is literally engulfed in vaginal colors, shapes and textures as her father attempts to ascend the stairs to confront her for excessive sexual behavior but instead tumbles to his death.

Written on the Wind dance of death

Dorothy Malone's excessive sexuality metaphorically kills her own father in Written on the Wind

from Written on the Wind (1956)
Creator: Douglas Sirk
Distributor: Universal International
Posted by Critical Commons Manager