The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Live piano accompaniment by Yakov Gubanov
Screening on Film
Directed by Rex Ingram.
With Rudolph Valentino, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard.
US, 1921, 35mm, black & white, 134 min.

Based on a novel by Vicente Blasco-Ibanez, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and its famous tango scene helped make Valentino a silent film star. Valentino is Julio, an Argentine artist living a lazy life in France until he is convinced to enlist in the French military during World War I. Though Julio proves to be a capable solider, some of his relatives are fighting on the side of the Germans, and the war eventually splits the family apart with heartbreaking results. The spectacular imagery of the The Four Horsemen helps underline the film's anti-war message.

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In The Trenches: Filming World War I

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Grand Illusions
The Cinema of World War I