MIB’s Instant Headache is proud to be participating in this three day event to mark the 101st anniversary of the film debut of the Gish sisters, Lillian and Dorothy, spearheaded by the proprietors of these fine classic cinema blogs Movies Silently and The Motion Pictures.

On September 7th 1912 two talented young actresses appeared on the big screen for the first time in a D.W Griffith short entitled An Unseen Enemy (which you can see below) and they never looked backed. While Dorothy would later concentrate on her stage career it was Lillian who went onto become the grand dame of modern cinema with a career that spanned 75 years, making her last film aged 94!

This blog’s main contribution is the recently released Blu-ray review of the controversial classic The Birth Of A Nation the three hour plus silent Civil War epic from D.W Griffith that catapulted Lillian Gish to movie stardom while causing a storm of upset via its unpleasant racial content that remains a bone of contention to this day, almost a century after its release.

If you wish to read more movie reviews on this site featuring Lillian and Dorothy Gish then please follow these links:

The Whales Of August

The Wind

Orphans Of The Storm

The Night Of The Hunter

The Unforgiven

Duel In The Sun

Thanks for reading and to everyone involved in this marvellous project, with special thanks to our great organisers Lindsey and Fritzi!

10 thoughts on “The Gish Sisters Blogathon!

  1. Good thoughts on the blu-ray Birth, which “has that rare distinction of being a film that elicits both praise and vitriol in equal measures and deservedly so.” Very well put. I remember a San Francisco theater in the late 1970s would not put the name on the marquee. I wish I could remember what they put. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Thanks for the kind words.

      It’s a shame that what is arguably one of the most important films of early US cinema history will forever be tainted by its short-sightedness and lack of tact.


  2. I read the review of Orphans of the Storm and liked a lot. So glad many of Gish’s films are available to the public, and also that The Birth of a Nation is now on Blu-Ray.
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂


  3. The Gish sisters are mesmerizing. I love An Unseen Enemy! What a wild turn of events–I wonder how well known this short is. Did it give the Coen Brothers any ideas for Blood Simple?


    1. I would say this film is well known in that film buffs are aware it marks the debut of the Gish sisters but I would say more people are aware of the fact than have seen the film. Which is one reason why this blogathon was created – to raise awareness of the Gish sisters work as well as celebrate them. 🙂

      I’ve not seen “Blood Simple” so I can’t comment but I have seen Zhang Yimou’s Chinese remake “A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop”! 😛


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