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Wild Is the Wind (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 February 1958 (France)
An immigrant Nevada rancher brings a woman from Italy to be his second wife but when he neglects her, she becomes involved with his trusted assistant. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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An immigrant Nevada rancher brings a woman from Italy to be his second wife but when he neglects her, she becomes involved with his trusted assistant. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor.

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John Sturges was the original director, but on March 15, 1957, only a week before the shooting was scheduled to begin, he withdrew due to illness, according to contemporary news items. George Cukor took over and stated years later in a interview that Sturges left the project to replace Fred Zinnemann on The Old Man and the Sea (1958), but a Cukor biography states that Sturges left the project when it became apparent that the film would be more of a love story than an action picture. See more »

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Featured in Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album (2003) See more »

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Canzone napoletana
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from "Venezia e Napoli"
Music by Franz Liszt
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Wild Is the Wind
16 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally saw it too in a copy that appears to have been made from American Music Classics on cable at the time they were running movies uncut.

It's a well-acted film. The plot recalls O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms (filmed in 1958) and Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted (filmed in 1940 with Charles Laughton and musicalized by Frank Loesser in The Most Happy fellow in 1956)--older man, mail order bride, affair between wife and younger man.

Very slow in the 1950s style but powerfully acted. Not the sort of film you'd expect from Cukor. Interesting facet to his career.

Also interesting to compare this film and Secret of San Vittorio which re-united Magnani and Quinn after 12 years--older and maybe toned down just a notch, with the Irish/Mexican Quinn again playing an Italian.


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