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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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Virginia Warwick ...
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Mabel Van Buren ...
Stuart Holmes ...
Otto von Hartrott
John St. Polis ...
Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
Alice Terry ...
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 ...
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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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31 March 1923 (Portugal)  »

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

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

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1.33 : 1
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Alice Terry wore a blonde wig during filming. She and Rudolph Valentino spoke French in their scenes to make them more authentic to lip-readers. See more »

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Apocalypse Theme
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Music by Carl Davis
Based on the Fantasia Sonata "Après une Lecture de Dante" by Franz Liszt (1849)
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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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