Rex Ingram and company show us the French Revolution in style! Ramon Novarro (in an exceedingly fine performance) is a vengeful lawyer turned actor turned swordsman turned revolutionary. Busy fellow, yes? Lewis Stone is his wily aristocratic opponent and turns in one of the best performances of his career by playing against type.
Witty and with atmosphere to spare, one of the finest action epics of the silent era and certainly one of the most beautiful. Come for Ramon and stay for everything else, it’s most excellent.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Ramon is actually Lewis’s illegitimate son, which forces them to call a truce. Lewis is killed fighting sans-cullottes and Ramon escapes to safety.
If it were a dessert it would be: Mille Crepe Cake. Dozens of small, perfect details add up to an epic whole.
Availability: Released on DVD by Warner Archive.
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