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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.


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


George Marion Jr. (titles), Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (story) (as V.I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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


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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A nation was toppling about their heads. Could their love withstand the furies of war, the clash of creed, the conflict of red blood and blue blood? (Print Ad- Highland Democrat, ((Peekskill, NY)) 29 September 1928)


Drama | Romance


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

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Barrymore Gives His Eyebrows a Workout
17 November 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"Tempest" will be of interest to anyone who wants an example of John Barrymore's considerable screen presence. He's quite good as a star cadet culled from the ranks of the Russian peasantry whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when he falls foul of his boss's daughter. The story is pure melodrama, with lots of arched eyebrows and swooning romantic embraces, but Barrymore pulls it off with flair, and there's something ahead of its time about his acting. It's natural in a way that a lot of acting in the silent era (and even for a while after) wasn't.

The film overall is a bit saggy, and suffers from lugubrious pacing and static shots that linger past the point when they should. William Cameron Menzies won the first Academy Award given for art direction for his work on this film and another from the same award year, "The Dove," while Charles Rosher, who won the first cinematography Oscar for "Sunrise," provides the camera work. To be sure the film looks good, but it would have benefited from crisper editing.

A not overly memorable film from the last days of the silents, but enjoyable for what it is.

Grade: B

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27 May 1928 (USA) See more »

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Буря See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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