It is a real shame about the ending (although I liked the idea of the wind as a moral agent) since otherwise 'The Wind' is as remorseless in its way as 'Requiem for a Dream' at moving intractably towards the dissolution of its main character. But here we are in no doubts that the woman has been wronged. The film functions as a serious condemnation of the patriarchal foundations of marriage even at its most delirious.
3 (maybe 4). Because of the era, the character stuff is simple, but it retains a punch unlike what's seen from many films of its era. It's about a girl who seeks a more adult life (away from her happy pastoral background) and finds herself battered to insanity by nature's abyss. It's disturbing without being tasteless, bolstered by a strong performance from Lillian Gish (who seems genuinely upset about the wind).
The wind is like another character itself. It either engulfs everything or the characters stop fighting against it and become one with it. Gish is striking in her role, and she and Hanson work well together. The ending is either a hit or a miss, but I liked its calmness. There was no point making it dramatic, when the conflict was over. Gish's introduction to the film is also worth the look (available on Youtube).
Absolutely charming. The force of nature (the wind) is striking. Lilian Gish makes one fall in love with her. She undoubtedly is one of the greatest. Lars Hanson is not any worse. Noise of whirr in the silent movie, horse-ghost and folk tales... But the ending could be more dramatic.
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.