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Eternal Love (1929)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  11 May 1929 (USA)
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A commoner and a high-born princess become embroiled in a love drama set amid the clash of revolution and chaos.



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Cast overview:
Marcus Paltran
Camilla Horn ...
Victor Varconi ...
Lorenz Gruber
Hobart Bosworth ...
Rev. Tass
Bodil Rosing ...
Mona Rico ...
Evelyn Selbie ...
Pia's mother


A commoner and a high-born princess become embroiled in a love drama set amid the clash of revolution and chaos.

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The Love Drama of a commoner and a high-born princess, lived amidst the fury and the clash of revolution and chaos! (original poster) See more »


Drama | Romance





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11 May 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Mountains  »

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Sound Mix:

(MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Prints exist in the Mary Pickford Institute film archive [35mm duplicate negative, 35mm print], and in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [35mm restoration print]. See more »

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Nice Performances By Leads
15 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Eternal Love (1929)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A strong cast saves this melodrama from pretty much killing itself. Set in Switzerland, the rebel Marcus (John Barrymore) would do anything for the woman (Camilla Horn) he loves but in a drunken state he sleeps with another. The Reverend makes Marcus marry this woman, which might be the end of his relationship with his true love but soon fate steps in. This later day silent isn't nearly as bad as one might think but there's no question that the screenplay goes overboard on the melodrama and the questionable ending almost kills things. I think fans of the stars as well as the director will want to check this film out but it's questionable what impact it will have on them. We'll start with Barrymore but he once again turns in a very strong performance and you can't help but feel that he is this character. I thought he handled the more athletic aspects of the film quite well and he certainly knows how to milk every ounce of drama out of a scene. Just check out his eyes during the scene where he's forced to marry the woman he doesn't love. Horn is also very good in her role as she perfectly captures the innocence of her character and Mona Rico is pitch-perfect as the "other" woman with the more sexual nature. Speaking of sex, this film offers quite a bit of stuff that would certainly not be film-able in upcoming years including the sexual act while Barrymore is drunk off his mind. We even have the two married people coming together towards the end, which is yet another act that would have been looked down on. Lubitsch's direction handles everything fairly well but what really impressed me were the visuals. There are several tracking shots that look incredibly good including one where we follow Barrymore walking through the mountains. The performances and direction make this worth sitting through but I'm sure many will be howling at the ending. The silent film was released with a Movie Tone track, which includes the music as well as several sound effects including wind gusts, knocking, gun shots and a few other things.

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