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Mare Nostrum (1926)

Passed | | War | 29 August 1926 (USA)
The story of a female German spy who willingly sacrifices her life for her country.



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Complete credited cast:
The Triton (prologue) (as Uni Apollon)
Álex Nova ...
Don Esteban Ferragut (prologue) (as Alex Nova)
Kada-Abd-el-Kader ...
Don Esteban's Son - Ulysses (prologue)
Caragol (prologue)
Freya Talberg
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)
Pâquerette ...
Doctor Fedelmann (as Mme. Paquerette)
Count Kaledine
Andrews Engelmann ...
Submarine Commander (as André von Engelman)


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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29 August 1926 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Powell worked as an apprentice on this film, a position secured for him by Harry Lachman. See more »


Remade as Mare nostrum (1948) See more »

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Pretty good for its day but quite dated today.
27 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Mare Nostrum" is the sort of film that must have played very well back in the day but now looks very, very dated. This is because the plot is often ridiculously melodramatic and very old fashioned. It also includes some story elements (such as the Greek goddess Amphitrite) that just seem out of place and unnecessary.

The movie begins with a prologue that is completely unnecessary, so I will say no more. The next scene finds the young boy at the beginning is grown and is a sea captain--much to his wife's dismay. In fact, she harangues him about this and he vows to quit. However, WWI erupts and the man realizes he can make a fortune with his shipping business. However, what he doesn't know is that his trip from home in Barcelona to Italy will result in ruin, as he meets a beautiful temptress who seduces him. In fact, she even gets him to do a small mission for the Germans, as she's actually a spy for the Central Powers. Captain Ulysses has been assured that his helping supply a submarine with fuel won't be a problem, as the ship won't attack any passenger ships. But, soon the u-boat IS attacking cruise ships and sinks the one with Ulysses' son aboard! Now, Ulysses is furious and vows revenge against the female spy and her cause. What's next? See the film.

In many ways, this film plays like a much more melodramatic version of "Mata Hari". It also features characters that are pretty unlikable and a running theme about a Greek goddess that comes off as very heavy-handed. Although also heavy-handed, I did like the Angel of Death clip near the end--it was pretty funny. Overall, a watchable film that is probably best seen by folks who adore silents and will cut the film a lot of slack, as it is pretty silly.

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