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Film Classics in 35mm! National Silent Movie Day


United States | 1928 | Victor Seastrom (Sjöström)

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Lillian Gish stars in one of the artistic pinnacles of the silent era, never before shown at the Cinematheque. She plays a delicate young woman from Virginia who travels West to live with relatives on the lonely Texas plains. There the relentless wind and dust, coupled with the crudeness and brutality of the locals, drive her to near madness. As the foremost filmmaker of the Swedish silent cinema, director Victor Sjöström was lured to Hollywood where he made a handful of movies, including this masterpiece. At age 78, he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 classic Wild Strawberries. "One of the greatest films of the silent era. If you’ve never seen a silent film, The Wind is an excellent place to begin." -Martin Scorsese. Silent with music track. 35mm. 75 min.

Special admission $13; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10. No passes or twofers. Shown as part of the inaugural National Silent Movie Day, dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and creating access to silent movies. For more info, visit

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