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Big screen classics

The Wind

+ intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI National Archive, plus Photoplay score

This silent masterpiece boasts Lillian Gish as a naive young woman travelling west to live with relatives.

Image from The Wind + intro

USA 1928
Dir Victor Sjöström
With Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love

Sjöström’s silent masterpiece boasts Gish as the innocent young Virginian travelling West to live with relatives on a windswept Texan prairie, only to find herself imperilled in all sorts of ways. As the film shifts from low-key naturalism to full-on melodramatic symbolism, Sjöström – shooting the climactic sandstorm in the Mojave – makes the weather an astonishingly vivid index of the protagonist’s mental state.

The screening on Sunday 27 August will feature live piano accompaniment from Stephen Horne.


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