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Lilian Gish,the first thespian of the silent era...
This is the definitive version of the classic:do yourself a favor and forget the Demi Moore one which was released a few years back.
Any actress who takes on the part will be fatally compared with Mrs Gish and the favorite thespian of MM Griffith and Sjostrom is so powerful that she would outshine anyone.At a time when an actor had to manage without words,every performance of Lilian Gish ("the wind" "orphans in the storm" ) is a tour de force in itself.Running the whole gamut of human feelings,her portrayal displays every nuance of her fragility,her desperation and her hope against hope .But I will not try to describe it:just watch yourself.
Sjostrom's directing stood the test of time hands down and the story is absorbing until the very end.
Never forget that Mrs Gish made a great come back in the talkies which culminated in her sensational old lady in "the night of the hunter" (1955)
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