The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The mystical novels of Vicente Blasco-Ibanez were much prized by ambitious silent filmmaker Rex Ingram, who filmed two of them in the 1920s, both ostensibly vehicles for his actress wife Alice Terry. The first of the two, Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, was infinitely more successful than the second (Mare Nostrum), a fact that can be attributed to two little words: Rudolph Valentino. The quintessential Latin Lover stars as Julio, the scion of a wealthy Argentinian family. During the years prior to World War I, Julio's relatives relocate to Germany and France, with Julio opting for the latter country, where he opens an art studio. Here he carries on a torrid affair with Alice Terry, the wife of an attorney. When World War I breaks out, Terry joins the Red Cross and her husband enlists in the army, while the carefree Julio avoids involvement in the conflict. Only when visited by the spectres of the Four Horseman--war, conquest, famine, and death--does Julio don a uniform. His death is a symbolic sacrifice on behalf of Ms. Terry, whose husband has been blinded in the war: and, in an additional symbolic grace-note, Julio dies at the hands of his own cousin, now a German officer. The film's Big Money sequence was the one in which Rudolph Valentino danced the forbidden tango in a dingy, smoke-filled Argentinian cantina. That's what made him a star, not all that mumbo-jumbo about fate, destiny, and Four Horsemen. Proof that Valentino and not Blasco-Ibanez was the principal drawing card of this film was the 1962 remake, in which Glenn Ford portrays Julio.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2017
UPC: 0644827355723
Original Release: 1921
Rating: NR
Source: Reel Vault
Sound: [silent]
Sales rank: 17,542

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudolph Valentino Julio Desnoyers
Alice Terry Marguerite Laurier
Pomeroy Cannon Madariaga, the Centaur
Alan Hale Karl von Hartrott
Nigel de Brulier Tchemoff
Josef Swickard Marcelo Desnoyers
Jean Hersholt Prof. von Hartrott
Brinsley Shaw Celendonio
Wallace Beery Lt. Col. von Richtoffen
Bridgetta Clark Dona Luisa
Mabel Van Buren Elena
Bowditch Turner Argensolo
John St. Polis Etienne
Mark Fenton Sen. Lacour
Virginia Warwick Chichi
Derek Ghent Rene Lacour
Stuart Holmes Capt. von Hartrott
Edward Connelly Lodgekeeper
Georgia Woodthorpe Lodgekeeper's Wife
Kathleen Key Georgette
Jacques D'Auray Capt. d'Aubrey
Curt Rehfeld Maj. Blumhordt
Bull Montana The French Butler
Isabelle Keith The German Woman
Noble Johnson Con quest
Harry S. Northrup The Gen.
Beatrice Dominguez A Dancer
Arthur Hoyt Lieutenant
Claire de Lorez Mile. Lucette. the Model

Technical Credits
Rex Ingram Director
Joseph Calder Art Director
Louis F. Gottschalk Score Composer
Jean Hersholt Makeup
June Mathis Screenwriter
Amos Myers Art Director
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Grant Whytock Editor

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