Scaramouche

Scaramouche

Director: Rex Ingram

Cast: Ramon Novarro, Alice Terry, Lewis Stone

     
 
This silent era classic was based on the swashbuckling adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, the author whose works later inspired such renowned genre favorites as Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940). Andre Moreau (Roman Novarro) is a law student during the time of the brewing French Revolution who politically supports his dissatisfied fellow

Overview

This silent era classic was based on the swashbuckling adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, the author whose works later inspired such renowned genre favorites as Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940). Andre Moreau (Roman Novarro) is a law student during the time of the brewing French Revolution who politically supports his dissatisfied fellow citizens. During a confrontation with the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr (Lewis Stone), a feared nobleman sympathetic to the royalist cause, the blue blood murders Andre's agitator friend. Unable to engage in swordplay against the legendary prowess of the Marquis, Andre vows revenge and joins a local circus troupe, hiding behind the guise of Scaramouche, a clown, while training in the art of fencing with a master. Andre also falls in love with a woman smitten by the dashing Marquis, but she returns to the troupe when she learns of the nobleman's infidelity. As political unrest boils over into rebellion, Moreau and the Marquis cross steel. Scaramouche (1923) was remade often, most notably in 1952, which features the cinema's longest sword battle and costarred Stone in a different role.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
More a lushly romantic melodrama than a straight Fairbanksian swashbuckler, Rex Ingram's Scaramouche, from the sprawling 1921 novel by Rafael Sabatini, remains one of the most beautifully spectacular of silent epics despite the fact that both Sabatini and Ingram at times seem to have been overwhelmed by the weighty historical events surrounding the story; in addition to the expected presence of Danton, Robespierre, Marat, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, a brief glimpse of a keenly interested Napoleon Bonaparte is thrown in for good measure in the person of second unit director Slavko Vorkapich. Metro and Ingram, aided by hordes of set and costume designers, made every penny spent show up on the screen and Scaramouche was probably one of the era's most vividly researched blockbusters. Every wig, every plush bonnet, and every haughtily placed beauty mark seem authentic and only once or twice does a bit of typical Southern California landscape encroach on the realistic mise-en-scene. Ramon Novarro, who became a major star in the title-role, is as stalwart as Sabatini could have hoped for and Lewis Stone delivers a modulated performance as his aristocratic adversary. As the anguished Aline, Alice Terry, the director's wife, is little more than window dressing, but a huge cast paints scores of vivid minor portraits. It is of course all very grim with nary a smile in evidence but plenty of severed heads on revolutionary stakes. Beautifully restored and awarded a highly awaited television premiere in December of 2000, Scaramouche has been augmented with an appropriately lush score by Jeffrey Mark Silverman.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316168059
Original Release:
1923
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
20,667

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Performance Credits
Ramon Novarro Andre-Louis Moreau
Alice Terry Aline de Kercadiou
Lewis Stone The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr
Lloyd Ingraham Quintin de Kercadiou
Julia Swayne Gordon The Countess Therese de Plougastel
William Humphrey The Chevalier de Chabrillone
George Siegmann George Jacques Danton
Bowditch Turner Le Chapelier
James Marcus Challefau Binet
Edith Allen Climene Binet
Lydia Yeamans Titus Mme. Binet
John George Polinchinelle
Nelson McDowell Rhodomont
Edwin Argus Louis XVI
Roy Coulson Jean Paul Murat
Willard Lee Hall The King's Lieutenant
Lorimer Johnston Count Dupuye
Edward Connelly Minister to the King
Howard Gaye Viscount d'Albert
Carrie Clark Ward Mme. Benoit
Rose Dione La Reuolte
Arthur Jasmine Student of Rennes
Tom Kennedy A Dragoon
Kalla Pasha Keeper of the Paris Gate
Ed Coxen Jacques
Louise Carver Actor

Technical Credits
Rex Ingram Director
Willis Goldbeck Screenwriter
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Grant Whytock Editor

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