Wild Is the Wind

Wild is the Wind is a 1957 film directed by George Cukor and starring Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn and Anthony Franciosa. It tells the story of an American rancher who, after his wife dies, goes to Italy to marry her sister, but finds that she falls in love with his young ranch hand.

Wild is the Wind
Directed byGeorge Cukor
Produced byHal B. Wallis
Written byArnold Schulman
StarringAnna Magnani
Anthony Quinn
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byWarren Low
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 11, 1957 (1957-12-11)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States

The screenplay was adapted by Arnold Schulman from the 1947 Italian film Fury, which was in turn loosely based on Giovanni Verga's novel La lupa. The title song was performed by Johnny Mathis.


Gino (Anthony Quinn) is a sheepherder in Nevada who travels to Italy to marry Gioia (Anna Magnani), the sister of his wife, who died a number of years previously.

He brings her back to his ranch, but struggles with the memory of his dead wife, even calling Gioia by his last wife's name. With Gino feeling disappointed with her, Gioia feels neglected and resentful that she is constantly being compared with her late sister and found wanting.

She turns outside of her marriage to fulfill her needs and has an affair with Bene (Anthony Franciosa), a ranch hand whom Gino raised from boyhood and considers as almost a son.

Only then does Gino realize how much he needs Gioia; he pleads with her to stay at the ranch instead of returning to Italy.




See also


  1. "Berlinale 1958: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-01-05.

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