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Big screen classics

The Wind

Lillian Gish must confront a physical and emotional windstorm when she arrives in Texas.

Image from The Wind

USA 1928
Dir Victor Sjöström
With Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming
Certificate PG
With live piano accompaniment by Costos Fotopoulos

Shot partly in the Mojave desert, The Wind follows Letty Mason, who travels from Virginia to Texas to start a new life, but finds herself at the mercy of unaccommodating neighbours and brutal weather. The Wind was one of the last silent films made and happens to be one of the finest. Its compelling narrative, standout performance by Gish and arresting visuals make it unmissable.

The screening on Wed 18 Mar will be introduced by film writer Pamela Hutchinson.

Please note, shown at the appropriate running speed, the 35mm print of this silent film runs c78min, rather than 95min.


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