Way Down East

Way Down East US (1920) Dir. D.W Griffith “Oh, it’s different with a man. He’s supposed to sow his wild oats!” So speaks the villain of this silent classic based on the 19th century play by Lottie Blair Parker that takes the bold stance of challenging a societal taboo that still resonates in many cultures … Continue reading Way Down East


Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout The Ages US (1916) Dir. D.W Griffith One of the great things about being an artist is how it allows one to express themselves through their chosen medium, be it happiness, concern, disgust or retaliation. For the legendary D.W Griffith the latter was the motivation behind this epic fugue form film, … Continue reading Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout The Ages

The Gish Sisters Blogathon!

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 … Continue reading The Gish Sisters Blogathon!

The Whales Of August

The Whales Of August USA (1987) Dir. Lindsey Anderson In a small cliff top house by the shores of Maine live two elderly sisters Sarah (Lillian Gish) and Libby (Bette Davis). The elder Sarah looks after he younger sibling whose eyesight is waning, as is her lust for life. When an old Russian aristocrat Mr. … Continue reading The Whales Of August

The Birth Of A Nation

The Birth Of A Nation (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 194 minutes approx. D.W Griffith’s silent epic Birth Of A Nation has that rare distinction of being a film that elicits both praise and vitriol in equal measures and deservedly so. It is a film that essentially deals with black and … Continue reading The Birth Of A Nation

The Wind

The Wind US (1928) Dir. Victor Seastrom (Sjöström) Naive Virginian girl Letty Mason (Lillian Gish) has packed up her things and is moving to the western prairies to live with her cousin Beverly (Edward Earle), his wife Cora (Dorothy Cumming) and their three kids. Her new home is prone to exceptionally dangerous wind storms and … Continue reading The Wind

Orphans Of The Storm

Orphans Of The Storm US (1921) Dir. D.W Griffith Set prior to the French Revolution of the late 18th century, orphans Henriette Girard (Lillian Gish) and her blind foundling “sister” Louise (Dorothy Gish) – a child born of nobility but dumped on the streets due to her mother’s marriage to a common man – take … Continue reading Orphans Of The Storm