I unabashedly loved every madcap, bonkers second of this Russian-themed romance and I think everyone owes themselves at least one viewing. Is it authentic, accurate or logical in any way, shape or form? No, it is not. And that is why it is wonderful.
Hollywood loved its Russian pictures in the silent era and most concerned a peasant falling for a noble, in the case, John Barrymore’s sergeant with Camilla Horn’s princess. But, darn it, that revolution sure makes love difficult. Louis Wolheim (who had a genuine Russian birthplace) nearly steals the show as Barrymore’s BFF.
**not a Shakespeare play**
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.John becomes a revolutionary but gives it all up and runs away to the west with Camilla.
If it were a dessert it would be: Twelve-Layer Mocha Cake. Complicated and contains a lot of ingredients… but it works!
Availability: Released on DVD.
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