A peace-loving Cossack chooses to prove himself in battle when his village and childhood sweetheart label him a coward.

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Lukashka is the son of a fierce Cossack chief, but he would rather relax in the woods or flirt with his sweetheart Maryana than go to battle with the neighboring Turks. However, his life changes when he is publicly humiliated by his fellow villagers and rejected by Maryana, who regard him as a coward. Overnight, Lukashka proves himself a capable warrior to prove them all wrong, impressing his father and Maryana; however, when she tries to apologize for her cruel treatment of him, he ignores her, even though he is still in love with her. Matters get complicated when the Tsar's son comes to village in search of a bride and sets his eyes on Maryana. And then there's still the Turks to contend with... Written by cupcakes

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The film was originally to have been directed by Viktor Tourjansky, but it took such a long time getting the script together that he moved on to another project. George W. Hill then took over, but the studio was dissatisfied with the way it turned out. Clarence Brown was brought in and wound up reshooting almost all of it. See more »

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Moderately entertaining major silent
13 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a Tolstoy novel, this late, big-budget silent starring matinée idol John Gilbert has worn fairly well, though the problems that plagued production, resulting in numerous rewrites, re-shooting, and director changes, are apparent in the way the final product seems rather strained. John Gilbert plays a Cossack youth who is scorned by his family, fellows, and sweet-heart for rejecting the manly arts of fighting, until, stung by his father's reproaches, he turns warrior and wins the girl. The film is especially notable for the meticulous detail of the Czarist Russian setting, and for some spectacular equestrian stunts, performed according to the box's cover by genuine Cossack horsemen. I'd consider it highly recommended if you are especially interested in Gilbert, Cossacks, silents, or stunt riding; somewhat recommended for the average viewer. The Warner Archive Collection DVD has a good orchestral score composed especially for that release; the audio is very good, and the video a very good transfer of a print that seems generally good, though splotchy in places.


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