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The Wind (1928)

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A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.


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23 November 1928 (USA)  »

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While it is popularly believed that the film was made in over 120-degree temperatures, this is not true. The average temperature for the location and season where the movie was filmed is between 90-105 and the record highs are around 115 degrees Fahrenheit. See more »


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The Powerful Saga of Love and Deception.
1 August 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

A young girl (Lillian Gish) goes to live with her cousin, but finds herself to be an unwelcome guest. To escape from her cousin's evil wife, she marries against her will. However, the harsh solitude of country life, and the amazing strength of the wind, almost sends her to insanity. An amazingly effective film, which definately proves that Silent Movies are the highest form of cinematic expression!!!

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