The Wind Reviews
Now, coming to the ridiculous forced ending - it destroys much of the despairing tone of the film. It was a mistake obviously as almsot all studios' involvements to the creative process are; however, the happy ending is not as bad as it sounds. It may not be realistic, but it turns the film into a parable about growing up and learning to love reality (the wind). On the other hand, the fact that this reality is equated with marriage life sounds suspiciously like a propagation of American family values. No matter, the film is astounding as it is.
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.
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