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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
95min
35mm

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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