Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror

Posted by Glennis Byron on November 22, 2010 in News tagged with , ,

Lilian Gish in The Wind

BFI Southbank, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Birds Eye View: celebrating women filmmakers

Dates for the seventh annual Birds Eye View Film Festival have been announced: 8-17 March 2011. While little information has as yet been released about the programme, BEV have revealed that the 2011 Festival will:

come with a twist as we slash stereotypes to uncover the contribution of women to all things horror, from gothic psychodrama to vampire chic. Bloody Women: From Gothic To Horror will see BEV delve into a programme of cutting-edge new releases, newly scored gothic silent films – including The Wind, scripted by Clara Beranger [? strange, it is usually attributed to Francis Marion] and starring first lady of the silent screen Lillian Gish and seminal films in the horror genre directed by women.

This story of a woman at odds with both her community and her environment is considered a masterpiece of the silent era. The wind itself becomes the most terrifying character, with a ghostly white stallion (in the youtube extract below at around 1.49 mins) galloping through the blowing sand superimposed to represent its ferocity.

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