The Wind

Miami Beach Cinematheque. September 21st, 2008.  Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami FilmThe Miami Beach Cinematheque presents the film The Wind as part of its classic silent films with live accompaniment series on September 21st, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. This film was directed by Victor Sjöström starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson and Montagu Love.

Swedish master director Victor Sjöström was assigned at MGM the daunting task of creating a film from the Dorothy Scarborough novel, The Wind.  It would be the last work of this master in the USA, just as 1928 would be the end of the silent artistic achievements for many directors, due mainly to the advent of “talkies”.

The film is an artistic creation for an American studio, in fact considerd one of the most beautiful silent films ever made, so when MGM demanded a happy ending, that ending would be symbolic of the difference in European and American product. Legendary silent actress Lillian Gish plays Letty, who moves to West Texas where the unrelenting wind always blows and the sand gets into virtually everything. Life would get worse, forcing her to make desperate decisions. Filmed in the blazing Mojave desert, Lillian Gish recalled that it was the most difficult film (of all the difficult films) she ever made.

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