Saturday, October 08, 2011

[Lillian Gish's introduction to the Wind]

Video. Viewed at Teatro Verdi, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, with e-subtitles in Italian, 8 Oct 2011.

A video introduction with Lillian Gish (1983?). She tells how she proposed to Irving G. Thalberg ambitious subjects such as La Bohème and The Scarlet Letter, and also The Wind. She tells about the terrible conditions of shooting in Bakersfield with eight airplane propellers creating the wind. The unhappy ending was a problem, although she had already starred in seven movies with unhappy endings. The unhappy ending with the woman disappearing in the wind was shot but finally changed to a happy ending.

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