Cukor directed Italian screen legend Anna Magnani for the first and only time in this wild, melodramatic story of domestic unrest and forbidden love. A wealthy Nevadan rancher (Anthony Quinn) loses his wife and, in a gesture of Vertigo-like perversity, tries to re-make her—in the form of her sister (Magnani), whom he imports from Italy and treats as a carbon copy of his beloved. She has other plans, including falling for her new husband’s adopted son (Tony Franciosa). The three performances at the heart of Wild Is the Wind represent a fascinating cross between old-fashioned Hollywood acting and the modern Method style, suggesting that Cukor, the great classical director of actors, was still willing to strike a balance between the old and the new. The film earned Magnani her second Oscar nomination in three years.
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