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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  31 March 1923 (Portugal)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pomeroy Cannon ...
Josef Swickard ...
Bridgetta Clark ...
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Virginia Warwick ...
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Mabel Van Buren ...
Stuart Holmes ...
Otto von Hartrott
John St. Polis ...
Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
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Mark Fenton ...
Senator Lacour
Derek Ghent ...
René Lacour
Nigel De Brulier ...
Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner ...
Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)
Edward Connelly ...
Lodgekeeper
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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 cupcakes

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31 March 1923 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,200,000 (USA)
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(Turner library print) (1993 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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Opening night film of the 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The Mont Alto Orchestra provided live musical accompaniment for the Castro Theater screening. See more »

Quotes

Dona Luisa: Is it not enough to lead my son into wild ways without teaching my daughter the tango?
Madriaga: Will you have the boy grow up like those glass-eyed, carrot-topped sharks of your sister's?
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Apocalypse Theme
(1993)
Music by Carl Davis
Based on the Fantasia Sonata "Après une Lecture de Dante" by Franz Liszt (1849)
In the score of the 1993 alternate version
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An Early Epic
25 April 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, released in 1921, is so well made that it overcomes the enormous obstacles of technology. The story is of epic proportions. Set immediately before World War I, it deals with a rich Argentine family, one branch recently arrived from France, the other from Germany. After the death of the patriarch each branch returns to their respective homelands as Europe slides into war. Deep, rich subplots abound, with much time spent on the adulterous affair of the indolent French grandson (Valentino) with the young married wife of an older businessman. Quite a surprising treatment of such mature subject matter.

Made when the wounds of WWI were still open and sore, the film's themes are grim and dripping with overt religiosity. But this is what The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is all about, the horror of war, and the redemption of man through personal sacrifice.

An excellent film, recommended highly.


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