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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 31 March 1923 (Portugal)
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

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Pomeroy Cannon ...
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Bridgetta Clark ...
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Virginia Warwick ...
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Mabel Van Buren ...
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Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
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Mark Fenton ...
Sen. 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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Storyline

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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The triumphant return of Rex Ingram's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with Rudolph Valentino.(Newspaper ad cut, 1926 reissue). See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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31 March 1923 (Portugal)  »

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

Marcelo Desnoyers: Poor little Marguerite! Laurier is a fine fellow - but too old. Her heart yearns for youth's companionship and - romance.
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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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An irreplaceable item of cinema history.
17 December 2001 | by (Lincolnshire,England) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to obtain a video of 'Four Horsemen ' recently and having read about it many years ago, I was intrigued to see whether it lived up to the legend. Considering it was made 80 years ago, I was quite astonished at the quality of this film, in terms of acting,direction and photography.To our modern eyes, the 'special effects'may,of course, seem a little quaint, but there is no denying that as an anti-war film, it stands alongside 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and 'Grande Illusion', and it has lost little of its power to move. The development of the character of Julio is a 'tour de force' of acting by Valentino and his celebrated tango in one of the murkier establishments of Buenos Aires realistically conveys the dissolute atmosphere of the cafe society of the period. My copy of the film was the tinted version with a (non-vocal) soundtrack added, which included tango music played by an apparently unsynchronised band ! To keen students of cinematic history, this film is a 'must-see'- indeed,I know of no contemporary films which comes close to matching it.


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