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
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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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In 1993 Turner Entertainment in association with Britain's Channel Four distributed a full restoration by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's Photoplay Productions. The restoration includes many scenes that had been deleted or thought missing since the film's premiere, including original tinting and a single shot of a brief Prizma Color sequence that had been in the original release. The restored film is accompanied by a new original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis. See more »
What a great movie ! I was immediately drawn in by the family saga aspect of it also the idea of immigrants coming to the New World : a fascinating mix of ideas. Also I wasn't expecting it to be so resolutely anti-war : the scenes of the mud in no man's land were as powerful as many later movies. Valentino delivered an excellent though I felt restrained performance for him and unlike the other films I've seen him in the whole show wasn't just him : sure he was the dominant personality and you could see why the film made his name but it wasn't just about his romances.
The only flaws I felt were the portrayal of the Germans, particularly the German brothers who were all done up like Erich Von Stroheim, with Harold Lloyd glasses : they I felt were a little too Teutonic even for the period though this wasn't long after the Great War. Another flaw I felt was the holy professor guy with the beard who kept alluding to the holy "apocalypse" and its relationship with the war. I suppose it was where the title came from but this became a bit wearing at times though some of the images were well done.
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