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The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society. We hold screenings at The Australia Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year. Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.

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VICTOR SEASTROM

VICTOR SEASTROM

7.00PM – THE WIND
Victor Seastrom (1928) 95 mins

A refined Virginian girl (Lillian Gish) enters into the “domain of the winds”. An extraordinarily vivid combination of the Western, action film, Scandinavian landscape drama and Griffithian melodrama, Seastrom’s film is one the great works of silent cinema. Shot mostly in the Mojave Desert, this elemental, symbolic, deeply sexual and emotionally devastating film is a virtual symphony of images and suggested sounds. The raging storm and the starkly haunting visage of Gish’s face isolated against the elements are amongst the greatest moments and images in American cinema.

With Lars Hanson, Dorothy Cumming and Montagu Love.

The presentation of ‘The Wind’ by arrangement with Photoplay Productions and Warner Brothers.

CTEQ Annotation
Open to the Elements: Surveying the Terrain of Victor Sjöström’s The Wind by Adrian Danks.

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8.45PM – THE SCARLET LETTER
Victor Seastrom (1926) 115 mins

The passions and suffering of a couple and their terrible persecution are achingly captured in this adaptation by Frances Marion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s beautiful novel of Hester Prynne, a puritan woman who bears the scars of adultery after her clandestine affair with a minister in Salem. Superbly directed by the great Scandinavian portraitist and environmental director Seastrom, this film features remarkable, heart-rending performances by Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson.

35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

CTEQ Annotation:

‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Bob Davis.