After the death of her parents, young Letty goes to live with her cousin Beverly. She is soon in trouble with Cora, his wife, who is jealous and cannot view the affection the child arouses in her husband and their children with any degree of tolerance. She takes advantage of the fact that Letty is being courted by three boys, and insists that she marry one of them. Letty reluctantly chooses their neighbor, Lige. Soon after, an incident with one of the rejected suitors, unleashes a tragedy in Letty’s life. A powerful star, at this stage, the main character, Lillian Gish, demanded that MGM Studios assign Sjöström to be her director and Swedish actor Lars Hanson to star together with her. As a result, as she was to recollect in her memoirs on this film, this was one of the most difficult films in all of her life, the reason being the director insisted on filming the outdoor scenes in the Mojave desert, with nine enormous ventilators in action to blow the sand about. —Mostra
Born in Silbodal, Sweden, in 1879. The son of a lumberjack, he emigrated with his parents to the U.S. when he was only one year old. The Sjöström family prospered in the district of Brooklyn where Victor lived until the age of seven. In his teens, he was beset with problems related to his father who had become a religious fanatic. With the death of his mother, in 1887, the boy decided to return once more to Sweden. He joined the world of theater, a profession he was not to abandon throughout all of his life, even when he became a film director. Sjöström’s only appearance on the screen to reach Brazil was his performance in the role of Isak Borg, a main character in Ingmar Bergman’s film Wild Strawberries (1957) – and was his last piece of acting for cinema. Sjöström also acted the role of an orchestra conductor in Till Glädje/ The Joy (1950), with Bergman as director. Sjöström directed 53 films – all of them silent movies, except for the last two (The Markurells of Wadköping, 1931… read more
A great example of how unique and Inventive silent cinema could be. This is actually a great character study too and shows different layers of characters through different perspectives (or mind sets in Letty's case). It is one of those films that can so easily be overlooked unfortunately.