1928. USA. Victor Seastrom. 71 min.
Friday, May 28, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1928. USA. Directed by Victor Seastrom. Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Dorothy Scarborough. With Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love. This was the swan song for the silent careers of both Seastrom (Sjöstrom) and Gish and (with a few notable exceptions) the end of silent films in this series. Seastrom was a master at providing harrowing landscapes for his actors (as in The Outlaw and His Wife), but, after D. W. Griffith’s ice flow sequence in Way Down East, the wind blowing across the desolation of the American west must have seemed refreshing to Lillian. Gish manages to give one of her greatest performances before returning to the stage and stealing several talkies with character roles over the next sixty years. Seastrom shortly returned to Sweden, semi-retired at fifty. Silent, with English intertitles. 71 min.