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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (novel) (as Vicente Blasco Ibañez), June Mathis (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pomeroy Cannon Pomeroy Cannon ... Madariaga
Josef Swickard ... Marcelo Desnoyers
Bridgetta Clark Bridgetta Clark ... Doña Luisa
Rudolph Valentino ... Julio Desnoyers
Virginia Warwick Virginia Warwick ... Chichí
Alan Hale ... Karl von Hartrott
Mabel Van Buren ... Elena
Stuart Holmes ... Otto von Hartrott
John St. Polis ... Etienne Laurier (as John Sainpolis)
Alice Terry ... Marguerite Laurier
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Senator Lacour
Derek Ghent Derek Ghent ... René Lacour (as Derrick Ghent)
Nigel De Brulier ... Tchernoff (as Nigel de Brulier)
Bowditch M. Turner Bowditch M. Turner ... Argensola (as Brodwitch Turner)
Edward Connelly ... Lodgekeeper
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Storyline

Julio Madariaga is the Argentine patriarch of a wealthy family. He has two daughters, the elder wed to a Frenchman and the other to a German. He prefers the Frenchman and his family, especially his grandson Julio, causing jealousy from the German and his three sons. When Madariaga dies, the family splits up, each son-in-law returning to his own country. The Frenchman and his own move to Paris, where Julio becomes an artist and has an affair with an unhappily married woman, the lovely Marguerite Laurier. Her husband finds out, but before he can finalize a divorce, World War One rears its head and both sides of the family will endure great suffering in the conflict, especially since they must fight one another on the battlefield. Written by cupcakes

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The picture that swept the world off its feet! (Newspaper ad cut, 1926 reissue). See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

March 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (1993 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rudolph Valentino signed onto the film for $350 a week, less than Wallace Beery earned for his small role as a German officer. Metro provided Valentino only with his Argentine gaucho costume and his French soldier's uniform. For the Parisian sequence Valentino purchased more than 25 custom-fitted suits from a New York tailor, which he spent the next year paying for. See more »

Goofs

The same shot of a cat clawing at a small poodle while sitting on top of a piano is used two different times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: In a world old in hatred and bloodshed, where nation is crowded against nation and creed against creed, centuries of wars have sown their bitter seed, and the fires of resentment smouldering beneath the crust of civilization but await the breaking of the Seven Seals of Prophecy to start a mighty conflagration.
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Soundtracks

Apocalypse Theme
(1993)
Music by Carl Davis
Based on the Fantasia Sonata "Après une lecture du Dante" by Franz Liszt (1849)
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé Luxembourg (as Symphony Orchestra of Radio-Télé Luxembourg) lead by Philippe Koch
In the score of the 1993 restored version
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Timeless!
24 September 2005 | by RtsloisSee all my reviews

Oh Jeez! I am never moved to tears by a film--but this one got to me! I think the stories within a story transcend time, and the appeal of Valentino does so too. You can't keep your eyes off him. Magnetic! Alice Terry seems a believable character in her role, and projects her personality very admirably--quite a likable one.

Speaking of Rudolph's tango It was not a tango as we know the form today, but so what--he is a smooth, strong dancer, evocative of torrid emotions--while the girl he danced with was nutty and ridiculous looking . Look at her movements, egad!--(maybe his steps were too long for her, she was short) I just had to laugh. She danced with her backside protruding and poised like a target! She is a "fight-mare" by today's standards. Her make up and hair are scary! And take those lips away!! But, observing this tango, remains one of the film's very enjoyable moments.

There isn't a person alive who could not find great interest in this superb, timeless classic of the silents. I liked the metaphysical innuendos of the fellow living above Valentino in France--Was he supposed to be an incarnation of "John of Revelation" in the Bible? I believe so.

I enjoyed the film so much, I had to give it a 10.


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