In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen. Pahlen wishes to protect his friend, the mad king, but because of the horror of the ... See full summary »
In a Swiss Village in 1806, the fiery Marcus and the local clergyman's niece Ciglia are passionately in love. Unfortunately, after getting drunk during a celebration, Marcus is seduced by his aggressive admirer Pia, who uses the encounter to force him into marrying her. Heart-broken, Ciglia tries to forget him by marrying her own persistent admirer, Lorenz. Able to be faithful in deed but not thought, the two pine for each other, inspiring jealousy in their respective spouses. And once Lorenz decides to find a way to force Marcus out of town for good, it seems the relationship between Marcus and Ciglia can only end in tragedy.Written by
Ernst Lubitsch was one of the great masters of cinema - and his silent films are every bit as good as his talkies.
ETERNAL LOVE is one of the most passionate and moving love stories I have ever seen - with an ending that made me gasp.
John Barrymore gives one of his best ever performances here, and I now understand why he was considered such a matinee idol. Camilla Horn is also extraordinary, and possesses a rare and fragile beauty. In fact all the performances are great.
Silent films convey the passion of love so much more convincingly than most talkies. Somehow words often make this sort of intense passion comical on the screen. But here, with a divine original music score, the love is magical. Lubitsch had his "touch" in drama as much as in comedy. SEE THIS FILM!!!
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