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Mare Nostrum (1926)

Passed  |   |  War  |  15 February 1926 (USA)
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The story of a female German spy who willingly sacrifices her life for her country.

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Apollon Uni ...
The Triton (prologue) (as Uni Apollon)
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Don Esteban Ferragut (prologue) (as Alex Nova)
Kada-Abd-el-Kader ...
Don Esteban's Son - Ulysses (prologue)
Hughie Mack ...
Caragol (prologue)
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Freya Talberg
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Ulysses Ferragut
Mademoiselle Kithnou ...
Ferragut's Wife - Dona Cinta (as Mle. Kithnou)
Mickey Brantford ...
Ferragut's Son - Esteban (as Michael Brantford)
Rosita Ramírez ...
Ferragut's Niece - Pepita
Frédéric Mariotti ...
Toni - the Mate (as Fredrick Mariotti)
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Doctor Fedelmann (as Mme. Paquerette)
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Count Kaledine
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Submarine Commander (as André von Engelman)
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German spies, using Freya Talberg as bait, convince neutral Spaniard Ulysses Ferragut to navigate a ship to refuel German U-boats, telling him they would never fire on passenger ships. But one torpedoes the ship his son, Esteban, was on, killing him and many others. He sets out to punish the ones responsible. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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MARE NOSTRUM (Rex Ingram, 1926) ***
18 August 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is a lavishly produced wartime romance and, as is typical of Ingram, quite stylishly handled (benefiting also from the fact that it was filmed in Europe, the director himself being based in France). The plot places its old-fashioned impossible and, inevitably, tragic love story against the backdrop of a nostalgic view of the sea and the simple fisher-folk who live and die in it, the bourgeoisie with their stuck-up attitude and high ideals and, naturally, an impending world-war situation; for all that, it's most interesting when dealing with the various espionage elements and especially the two submarine attacks (which must have been a novelty at the time) led by a bald-headed and aristocratic German officer, obviously inspired by Erich von Stroheim!

Still, Alice Terry's poignant performance as the female spy (who has mixed emotions about her mission and who happens to be the spitting image of Amphitrite, the Sea Goddess who protects fishermen) is the core of the film; this was perhaps the best role she ever had (directed, naturally, by her husband). Antonio Moreno is less impressive as the male lead, though his disheveled appearance when forced to work for the enemy and following his son's death (for which he is partly to blame) is appropriately world-weary. The beautiful and poetic finale, then, sees the drowning Moreno (after his ship was torpedoed by the sub he helped fuel!) being picked up by Amphitrite herself. Reportedly, this was Ingram's favorite among his own films - as well as Terry herself and Moreno, too!


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