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Mare Nostrum (1926)

Passed | | War | 15 February 1926 (USA)
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)
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Don Esteban's Son - Ulysses (prologue)
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Freya Talberg
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Ulysses Ferragut
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Ferragut's Wife - Dona Cinta (as Mle. Kithnou)
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Ferragut's Son - Esteban (as Michael Brantford)
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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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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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Great Visuals Make This Silent
13 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mare Nostrum (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Lavish MGM production takes a rather routine screenplay and turns it into something rather unique. Seaman Ulysses Ferragut (Antonio Moreno) falls for a woman (Alice Terry) who turns out to be a German spy and their relationship leads to one disaster after another. That's pretty much all you need to know in terms of story because there's no question that the main reason to check this out is the visual style. Even though the story is pretty routine, director Ingram at least pumps plenty of style and gives us some terrific visuals along the way. The film has our Captain being fixated on the sea goddess Amphitrite and this is the reason he ends up falling for the spy as the two look quite a bit alike. This obsession was one of the most interesting things about the screenplay and I must admit that I was pulled in by the "old ways" involving the mysterious of the sea and the various folk tales that are brought into the film. One of the best moments happens at the very start of the film when we see some items at the bottom of the sea. This certainly isn't anything we haven't seen in earlier films but Ingram shows it in such a striking way that it's very memorable. The same is true of the ending, which I won't ruin but there's no question the image is perfectly filmed. Some of the stuff goes a tad bit too far into melodrama including the relationship between the Captain and his wife. There's also a German officer that's a tad bit too silly and it's made even worse by the fact that it's played by an Erich von Stroheim look-alike. I'm sure had Erich been on good terms with the studio then he would have been playing the part. I do wonder why the studio and director cast someone like they did as I'm sure folks in 1926 saw the resemblance. As far as the performances go Terry clearly steals the film. She's extremely passionate, sexual and dramatic so she perfectly captures whatever it is she needs to do. I thought she really brought her character to life and managed to easily steal the film. Moreno is pretty much forgotten today but at the time he was Valentino's rival. His looks probably brought the majority of the women to the film but he turned in a nice performance. There's no question that the screenplay isn't the greatest but the cast and especially Ingram make this something a lot better than it would have been in lesser hands.


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