In Argentina, the family man Julio Madariaga is the patriarch of his family and considers his farm the paradise on Earth. One of his daughters, Luisa Desnoyers, has married the Frenchman ... See full summary »
Julio Madariaga is the Argentine patriarch of a wealthy family. He has two daughters, the elder wed to a Frenchman and the other to a German. He prefers the Frenchman and his family, especially his grandson Julio, causing jealousy from the German and his three sons. When Madariaga dies, the family splits up, each son-in-law returning to his own country. The Frenchman and his own move to Paris, where Julio becomes an artist and has an affair with an unhappily married woman, the lovely Marguerite Laurier. Her husband finds out, but before he can finalize a divorce, World War One rears its head and both sides of the family will endure great suffering in the conflict, especially since they must fight one another on the battlefield. Written by
Is it not enough to lead my son into wild ways without teaching my daughter the tango?
Will you have the boy grow up like those glass-eyed, carrot-topped sharks of your sister's?
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Magnificent epic film - one of the best of any year.
It is extraordinary to think that a film this polished, this artistic and this serious was made as early as 1921. It was the first anti-war film to my knowledge and following only three years after the Armistice, it must have been deeply felt by all who viewed it. Ingram's direction and the screenplay are superb and the acting is uniformly excellent - very naturalistic and deeply felt. Striking supporting performances are garnered from Josef Swickard as the elder Desnoyers and Alice Terry as Marguerite Lurier. The real revelation is Valentino in an exceptional performance as the young Julio. This is the film that brought him stardom and rightly so. This is probably the third great American film (after Griffith's BIRTH OF A NATION and INTOLERANCE). The Spanish version is 150 minutes while the USA version (beautifully restored with a tinted print) is 134. By all means put this on your must see list. If Oscars had been given out in those days, this would have been up for a slew of them - Film, Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction and a trio of performances (Valentino, Terry and Swickard). A truly great film - a masterpiece.
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