0000 - 0000 - timp - perc(5): 2 BD/5 susp.cym/cyms/ch.cym/tom-t/tgl/4 tam-t/tamb/rototom/2 mcas/xyl/siz.cym/wind machine/SD/sand blocks - pno(2):(= harmonium or small organ+cel) - cimbalom - strings (18.104.22.168.4)
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Starring: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love
Director: Victor Seastrom
Production Company: MGM USA. 1928
Duration: 80 minutes
Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 18-22 minutes per second)
Premiere with Davis's score: 1983, London
37 Players: 0000 - 0000 - timp - perc(5) - pno duet (I=cel,II=harmonium) - cimbalom - strings (22.214.171.124.4)
In one of her most powerful roles, Lillian Gish plays a sheltered Virginian girl who goes to live in the hostile and windy environment of the Texan prairies. The wind becomes one of the film's main protagonists. After she has killed the man who has raped her, the wind drives her mad by uncovering the body she has buried in the sand.
The windswept setting is marvellously evoked by Carl Davis, not only with apt orchestral effects, but by an eerie and ominous Red Indian beat that builds to the terrifying climax of the storm.