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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | May 1922 (Japan)
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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Pomeroy Cannon ...
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Bridgetta Clark ...
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Virginia Warwick ...
Chichí Desnoyers
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Karl von Hartrott
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Elena Madiariaga von Hartrott
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Otto von Hartrott
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Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
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Mark Fenton ...
Senator Lacour
Derek Ghent ...
René Lacour
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Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner ...
Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)
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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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Valentino's greatest romantic success. (Newspaper ad cut, 1926 reissue). See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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May 1922 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

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 25 custom-fitted suits from a New York tailor, which he spent the next year paying for. 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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Soundtracks

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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Minor Silent Epic
15 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Often regarded as one of the first true anti-war films, it had a huge cultural impact and became the top-grossing film of 1921, beating out Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid". The film turned then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and associated him with the image of the Latin Lover. The film also inspired a tango craze and such fashion fads as gaucho pants. The film was masterminded by June Mathis, who, with its success, became one of the most powerful women in Hollywood at the time.

Despite this -- the sales, the Valentino connection, and more... this is a little-known film and one that is rarely seen. Even being preserved by the Library of Congress (which is how it got on my to-see list) has not really raised its stature much. And yet, it is a minor silent epic that could be seen as the equal of anything DeMille or Griffith put out.


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