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Tempest (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 1928 (USA)
In Czarist Russia, a peasant officer, resented by the aristocrats, falls in love with a princess.

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Sam Taylor, Lewis Milestone (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

George Marion Jr. (titles), Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (story) (as V.I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Sgt. Ivan Markov
Camilla Horn ... Princess Tamara
Louis Wolheim ... Sgt. Bulba
Boris de Fast Boris de Fast ... The Peddler
George Fawcett ... The General
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... The Captain
Michael Visaroff ... The Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred DeSilva Fred DeSilva
Jack Manick Jack Manick
Serge Temoff Serge Temoff
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Storyline

In the final days of Czarist Russia, a peasant is raised from the ranks to Lieutenant. The other officers, aristocrats all, resent him, and make his life difficult. He falls in love with a princess, who spurns him. When he is caught in her room, he is stripped of his rank and thrown into prison. Then comes the Red Terror, and the tables are turned. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dorothy Sebastian was replaced by Camilla Horn before production began. See more »

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fine melodrama, wonderful Barrymore performance
20 August 2009 | by losttoSee all my reviews

This is a neglected gem.! Amazing camera work, wonderful sets and art direction, and above all the great performance of John Barrymore make this a silent classic all film fans should see. Barrymore was a true master of the craft, and I wish there were many more of his performances available today. Those that are available have impressed me repeatedly. His reputation as one of the finest actors of his time was well deserved, and until late in his life, his talent shown through and survived the ravages of his personal demons. He really delivers on this film, in a more subtle and well-developed character than some of his other silent roles. The character undergoes a shift from fury to affection at one point, and he's magnificent here. The female lead is a bit wooden at times, but mostly hits her mark, first as arrogant, contemptuous, even cruel. The script doesn't give her much opportunity for redemption, but a softer side does emerge and she has eyes and a face that work well in silent cinema. The chaotic and vengeful culture in the immediate aftermath of the revolution is shown rather than alluded to or omitted, as are the cruelties of the aristocrat/peasant one before it. Some early film slants heavily to the "feel good" side, but this seems an honest treatment. It's just such a shame more folks don't appreciate silent films on their own merits, rather than trying to compare them to contemporary ones…its like apples and oranges.


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