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Wind, The
(Wind, The)

Sjoestroems best American film is a sweeping silent melodrama, crafting a potent fusion of European expressionism with a quintessentially American setting where the grim story of marriage, attempted rape and murder unfolds. Basically a proto-Western, it's one of Hollywood's most uncompromising delineations of the hardships of pioneer life, shot with awe-inspiring intensity on location in the then barely hospitable Mojave desert. The early scenes seem light in tone, but the threat of violence dominates from the opening image of a hurtling train, and the motif of windblown sand becomes a harbinger of doom. Gish is superb as ever, and the storm climax is justly famous.

(Alex Jacoby,

After the death of her parents Letty Mason moves to East Texas and it seems that the wind always blows and the sand gets everywhere. While living with relatives, she finds that she is not welcomed by the wife. With no where to go, she marries a man who disgusts her. Her new home is a small shack with the wind and the sand constant companions. When it is necessary for most of the men to go out into the sand storm, one stays back to have his way with Letty. She feels threatened and kills him by accident. Then she tries to burry the body in the sand, but the stormy wind whips up the whole time and the corpse comes into sight again and again…


Carl Davis

  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
tympani.5perc.celesta.harmonium.cembalo - strings (
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