Only one thing could do justice to the drama, pain and glory of the semifinals of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee: the films of Douglas Sirk.

Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"Well, I'm going up and up and up - and nobody's going to pull me down!" - Imitation of Life


Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"Go on, sister. Tell me another pretty story." - Written on the Wind


Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"You're aiming high." "Why not? It doesn't cost anymore. Don't you believe in chasing rainbows?" -Imitation of Life


Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"How do you tell a child that she was born to be hurt?" - Imitation of Life


Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"Well, I'm not sure the gin is as good as the brand I usually use, but the vermouth is fair."
- All That Heaven Allows


Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

"Once you find the way, you'll be bound. It will obsess you. but believe me, it will be a magnificent obsession." - Magnificent Obsession

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