The Tarnished Angels

  • Dir: Douglas Sirk

  • USA, 1957, 91minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Sirk had read with admiration William Faulkner’s novel Pylon when it was published in the ’30s, and jumped at the opportunity to direct an adaptation reuniting him with the cast and producer of Written on the Wind. The title refers to a trio of barnstormers – a war hero turned stunt pilot addicted to racing his plane, his long-suffering wife, and a loyal mechanic devoted to them both – as seen through the eyes of an alcoholic reporter. Evocatively set during Mardi Gras in Depression-era New Orleans, The Tarnished Angels is a quintessentially Sirkian tale of failure – of individuals and a nation not living up to their promise – and a neglected masterpiece that is among the director’s most poignant works.


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