Wild Is The Wind

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Weakly scripted and directed, WILD IS THE WIND succeeds thanks only to the excellent performances of Magnani and Quinn, both of whom received Academy Award nominations for their roles (Quinn lost to Alec Guinness for THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, and Magnani lost to Joanne Woodward for THE THREE FACES OF EVE). Quinn is a Nevada sheepherder who travels home...read more

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Weakly scripted and directed, WILD IS THE WIND succeeds thanks only to the excellent performances of Magnani and Quinn, both of whom received Academy Award nominations for their roles (Quinn lost to Alec Guinness for THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, and Magnani lost to Joanne Woodward for THE

THREE FACES OF EVE). Quinn is a Nevada sheepherder who travels home to Italy to marry Magnani, the sister of his deceased wife. He brings her back to his ranch, but struggles with the memory of his dead wife, even calling Magnani by her sister's name during a birthday toast. Magnani turns outside

of her marriage to fulfill her needs and begins an affair with Franciosa, a ranch hand Quinn raised. Only then does Quinn realize how much he needs Magnani; he pleads with her to stay at the ranch instead of returning home. The symbolism of wild horses is a bit heavy, and the film's structure

easily topples, but still the performers make it all worthwhile. Songs include: Best Song Oscar nominee "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington, sung by Johnny Mathis) and "Scapricciatiello" (Fernando Albano, Pacifico Vento, sung by Magnani). This is a remake of the Italian film FURIA,

directed by Geoffredo Alessandrini. The intense emotional roles played by Franciosa and Magnani spilled over from the set into their private lives, and the gossip churned up by the Hollywood rumor mills brought Franciosa's fiancee, mercurial Shelley Winters, flying from California to Nevada to put

a halt to it. She did; they were married the same year, and remained so for three years.

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  • Review: Weakly scripted and directed, WILD IS THE WIND succeeds thanks only to the excellent performances of Magnani and Quinn, both of whom received Academy Award nominations for their roles (Quinn lost to Alec Guinness for THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, and Magna… (more)

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