General: Sire, the peasants are revolting!
King: They certainly are.
The theme for this month is revolutions. I am going to be reviewing a selection of films that are set in times of political unrest. In the meantime, here are some revolutionary films I have already reviewed:
The Volga Boatman (Russian Revolution)
Scaramouche (French Revolution)
Review #1: The spirit of 1776
Early collaboration between director D.W. Griffith and future America’s Sweetheart Mary Pickford. The tale involves a courier trying to sneak past German mercenaries in order to deliver an important message to General Washington. Chaos obviously ensues.
Review #2: Start the revolution without me
John Barrymore’s penultimate silent is a romance set against the backdrop of World War One and the Russian Revolution. Gorgeous sets and camera work and some virtuoso acting from Mr. Barrymore make this one a real find.
Review #3: Where’s the revolution?
Maurice Tourneur directs this adaptation of the classic English novel concerning the adventures of a long-lost heiress and (theoretically) the revolt against James II.
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