Cast and Crew: Frances Marion (Screenwriter); Montagu Love
What It’s About: Letty (Lillian Gish) moves from Virgina to the inhospitable environment of the prairie, where she learns to dread the constant, dusty blowing of the wind. Forced into a marriage of convenience, often left alone in her new home, Letty begins to go mad…
Why Watch it Today?: Lillian Gish, one of the screen’s first big stars, died 20 years ago today. Gish’s screen presence is very much of its era (Gish began working a hundred years ago, after all) and The Wind is a showcase for her, a very American actress, even as it was directed by Victor Sjostrom, the Swedish director considered the father of Swedish film. Sjostrom brings a very European feel to this late silent period oddity.
No trailer, but the entire movie with the most damnably awful synth score: