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The Wind [VHS] (1928)

Lillian Gish , Lars Hanson , Victor Sjöström  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming, Edward Earle
  • Directors: Victor Sjöström
  • Writers: Dorothy Scarborough, Frances Marion
  • Producers: David Gill, Kevin Brownlow
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM/UA Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301976096
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film and the Ending debate September 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Filmed at the end of the silent era, this movie is considered to be one of the last of the great silents. It's ironic that the genre was perfected just when sound was ready to take over.
Lillian Gish, though she faces stiff competition, is generally regarded as the finest actress of the silent era and this film is an ideal way to see her at her best. She plays Lettie, a sheltered girl who is forced to move to her cousin's home on the windswept prairie. Beverly is thrilled to see her but his wife, Cora, is instantly jealous of the dainty Gish. In her few scenes, Dorothy Cummings does a good job of portraying Cora's unfair but understandable jealousy.
Finally, Cora expels Lettie from her home. Since the seemingly kind man she met on the train is already married, Lettie weds Lige, a somewhat silly but friendly local man who is pleased and flattered to have such a pretty bride. Swedish actor Lars Hanson is great in a very difficult role. He manages to come across as likable but one still understands why Lettie is not in love with him.
All the while, the persistent wind blows and starts to drive Lettie insane. Director Victor Seastrom creates a marvelous atmosphere of despair.
The MGM presentation features an introduction by Lillian Gish and has an excellent orchestral score that is both appropriate and enjoyable. The print quality is good. Too bad it's out of print, maybe it will be released on DVD soon.
Good if: You are a fan of Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson or Victor Seastrom (or Sjostrom in Sweden) If you love a good silent film. If you like desert films. (This was filmed in the Mojave Desert, California) If you like psychological drama
Not good if: You dislike silent films, you don't like westerns, you don't like the ending.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience the power of silent cinema February 24, 2000
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Truly one of the last great classics of the silent era, "The Wind" is an outstanding film throughout helped by an excellent cast (Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson), the legendary director Victor Seastrom and an intelligent and very dynamic script which tells of a young woman facing a hostile environment in the old west, a recurring theme in American silent movies of those days. The movie is further given a special treatment by Miss Lillian Gish (probably silent cinema`s most beautiful and gracious actress), especially in the dramatic climax which almost contains a certain element of horror. Anyway this is one of MGM`s greatest silent films (in the same category as "Greed") and the restoration by "silent" experts Brownlow and Gill is very good (plus the dramatic Carl Davis score) .... oh, this were the times when the lion roared ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young girl and culture shock December 10, 2000
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A young girl from Virginia must live with distant relatives in Texas until she is married. The drastic change of culture eventually becomes more than she can handle.Anyone who has experienced such a change, or anyone who lives in Texas or like areas, can appreciate what she must endure. The story is captivating and suspenseful. The book's ending varies drastically from the movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Swept Along June 24, 2004
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Other reviewers have more expertise concerning silent cinema, and state succinctly the background of this film. So I shall add only one small opinion to the others. Simply this: Lettie wandering off into the desert would have been the better conclusion. The author of the original book understood this, and wrote it into his novel. Here's a poor dear that's had so much on her plate: loveless marriage, murder, distate from relatives, horrible weather, jealousy, culture shock, &tc. Such high drama would dent most anyone's armour. The sweet tied-up ending might have allowed audiences to leave the theaters relieved and all in smiles, but it doesn't fit. This is melodrama! Pull out all the stops and do it correctly. Be that as it may, Miss Gish is outstanding in her role, a consummate tragedienne, as mentioned by another reviewer. And so beautiful to look at, pure pleasure to watch on the screen. Wrong-ended and all, this film belongs in your collection if you have any interest in silents whatsoever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling Drama is Both Haunting and Memorable September 19, 1999
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In perhaps her greatest performance in silent film, Lillian Gish is at her peak in this unnerving drama of a Virginian woman who finds herself being driven slowly mad by the combination of a loveless marriage and an incredibly hostile environment. Haunting and memorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's get this on DVD! April 24, 2011
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The four stars are for this particular VHS release, which turns out to be nothing but a picture of the middle part of the frame. Heads are cut off and intertitles partly disappear at the margins. This is a wonderful, artful film that needs to be seen as it was made, with the full composition of shots exposed to view, not in the claustrophobic way presented here. The musical score is wonderful. Gish and Hanson are fantastic, and every second they are on screen is precious. The wind is like another character in the story. The black-and-white color scheme makes it seem even more menacing and dirty. All we need is to see the whole picture!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting drama July 10, 1999
By A Customer
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The Wind is one of the last truly great silent films made. Gish's performance, as usual, is remarkable. The viewer is quickly enveloped in her own internal drama and we live her horror through her expressive and beautiful face. Sadly, they just don't make 'em like this anymore. An absolute must-see if you've never had the pleasure of seeing a silent film. You certainly won't have an opportunity to miss the Spoken Word in this film -- the drama is just that engaging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of woman who came into the wind!
Victor Seastrom (the renowned Swedish director) and Lillian Gish made of this silent film a genuine masterpiece all the way through. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Lillian's Masterpiece
This is one of the great films of the silent era, made just as the "Talkies" were on the horizon. It is gripping and has almost no melodramatics about it, and it's a crime that it... Read more
Published on September 24, 2010 by John Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Drama
There are two other reviews at the time of my writing this, and I echo many of their thoughts.

I watched this yesterday, from a recording broadcast from the TCM network... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning.
The Wind (Victor Sjostrom, 1927)

One of Victor Sjostrom's final pictures in America (thanks to studio meddling that led to a changed ending that satisfied no one who... Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best silents ever made.
The Wind (Victor Sjostrom, 1927)

One of Victor Sjostrom's final pictures in America (thanks to studio meddling that led to a changed ending that satisfied no one who... Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Wind
"Wind's a funny thing. A man's killed in justice, it covers him up." -- Lige to Letty

It was Lillian Gish who chose Dorothy Scarborough's moody book as her next film at... Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Bobby Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous masterpiece!
"The wind" is what we might label as a stunning masterpiece of the silent cinema, made in the late moments of existence of the genre. Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent film reaches the peak of its art form at the dawn of sound
Lillian Gish plays her usual virginal character thrown into adverse and unjust circumstances, but here she does so much with the part as we watch her slowly unravel and lose her... Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by calvinnme
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wind Beneath My Wings
Lillian Gish evening last night when we had Hambone and Hillie on the one hand (late period Gish where she was brought in like an old mailbox, kept on the corner for a scene or... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Kevin Killian
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the creepiest and best silent films around
Lillian Gish was quite the actress; in this film she pulls out all the stops, as she slowly goes crazy out in the plains (unnamed, but creepy all the more); a very slow-moving... Read more
Published on July 11, 2007 by John C. Mucci
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