The Wind

The Wind



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The Wind Reviews

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Super Reviewer

April 29, 2008
beautifully shot in the mojave desert with eight aircraft propellers creating the relentless wind of west texas, the film suffers from the discordant happy ending forced on the director by mgm

Super Reviewer

June 6, 2011
If you are a fan of silents and haven't seen this don't delay. Lillian Gish is simply astounding.
Lauren D

Super Reviewer

January 31, 2011
It was actually quite good, and definitely one of the better silents.

The story was a bit 'eh' but it moved along well and the acting was good. The music annoyed the hell out of me though.

Super Reviewer

June 19, 2008
Great film but the ending completely ruined it. Originally the ending involved Lillian Gish's character wandering into the desert to met her end after going insane. But the studio insisted that they had a happy ending so not to ruin Gish's career. Gish herself hated the new ending at it's easy to see why.
April 26, 2008
if not for a baffling, out of place "Happy" ending forced upon the director by the studio, this film would be a masterpiece.

Super Reviewer

September 4, 2007
An artistic achievement. The characters change over the course of the film, a mood is set and conveys a strong emotion to the audience. Lars Hanson looks a lot like Ralph Fiennes...
December 28, 2013
This film works beautifully as a black & white silent feature - reminding the modern audience some of what we've lost with all our technological advancements. The visual aspects of the film, and the feeling & symbolism induced by the wind speak much more dynamically than any dialog could. My only complaint is the happy ending - it doesn't actually make any sense within the context of the story. If the original ending could be restored this would truly be a masterpiece. As it stands now, it is certainly a classic - but with a very weak ending.
July 18, 2011
Feel your mind, Feel your sense. Finally, You see the masterpiece
December 10, 2009

Letty braves her way from Virgina to the wind-scorched country to live with her cousin, and what does she comes across? - a hysterical wife, bent on war; an onslaught of marriage proposals and rascally men; horribly inedible food; and the horrible wind that screeches and howls relentlessly. Eventually unwanted and forced out of her cousin's to a frightful wedlock, Letty (Lillian Gish) -- after storms, attacks, beaten by weather and fighting to assimilate into this inhospitable land -- finds what it takes to be a wife, and her husband Lige (Lars Hanson), finds what it is to be a husband.

All praise is deserved in this magnificent piece. From the subtle and genuine acting of Gish, and the equally delightful addition the cast provides; the extraordinary and shocking effects of sand storms and wind and tornadoes, what must have been a technical challenge of the day; impressive production quality; sense of humor; clever style; picturesque scenery of mountain ranges and wild horses; excellent direction; and the similarly impressive, grand score.

What a treat! I haven't been quite this impressed with a 1920's film, but this one really does it. Once in a blue moon a film comes forward where every measure is taken -- where it's treated with love, looked at, cared for -- where everything must be right for the cast and director and set designers and the effects technicians, and The Wind is it! Highly recommended - 9.4/10
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