The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love... See full summary »
George W. Hill
When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the ... 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
Rudolph Valentino signed onto the film for $350 a week, less than Wallace Beery earned for his small role as a German officer. Metro provided Valentino only with his Argentine gaucho costume and his French soldier's uniform. For the Parisian sequence, Valentino purchased more than twenty-five custom-fitted suits from a New York tailor, which he spent the next year paying for. See more »
Poor little Marguerite! Laurier is a fine fellow - but too old. Her heart yearns for youth's companionship and - romance.
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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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