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Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalípsis. Adaptación 1921


The 1921 film is a fictional story inspired by the history of World War I.

Madariaga “The Centaur” (Pomeroy Cannon), a harsh but popular Argentine landowner, has a German son-in-law whom he dislikes and a French one whose family he openly favors. He is particularly fond of his grandson Julio (Rudolph Valentino), with whom he often carouses at seedy dives in the Boca district of Buenos Aires. In one of these bars, the movie’s famous tango sequence occurs. A man and a woman are dancing the tango. Julio strides up and asks to cut in. The woman stares at Julio alluringly. The man brushes him off, and they resume dancing. Julio then challenges the man and strikes him, knocking him into some tables and out of the scene. Julio and the woman then dance a dramatic version of the tango that brings cheers from the people in the establishment. Following the dance, the woman sits on Julio’s lap. Madariaga then slides to the floor, drunk. The woman laughs at Madariaga. Julio casts her aside in scorn and helps his grandfather home.

Sometime later, Madariaga dies. The extended family breaks up, one half returning to Germany and the other to France.

InParis, Julio enjoys a somewhat shiftless life as a would-be artist and sensation at the local tea dances. He falls in love with Marguerite Laurier (Alice Terry), the unhappy and much younger wife of Etienne Laurier, a friend of Julio’s father. The affair is discovered, and Marguerite’s husband agrees to give her a divorce. It seems as though Julio and Marguerite will be able to marry, but both end up getting caught up in the Great War.

Marguerite becomes a nurse in Lourdes. The bravery of Etienne is reported, and he is blinded in battle. Etienne happens to end up at the hospital where she is working, and Marguerite attends to him there. Julio travels to Lourdes to see Marguerite and instead sees her taking care of Etienne. Julio, ashamed of his wastrel life, enlists in the French Army.

The German Army overruns Julio’s father Marcelo’s Marne Valley castle in the First Battle of the Marne. Marcelo is forced to host a German general and staff in the castle. Marcelo’s German nephew is amongst the staff and tries to protect him, but Marcelo is arrested after a melee involving an officer’s assault of a woman. Marcello is to be executed in the morning, but his life is spared when the French Army counterattacks in the “Miracle of the Marne“.

Julio becomes renowned for his bravery in the trenches on the front. During a mission in no man´s land, he recognizes his German cousin. Moments later, they are both killed by a shell. Back in Paris, Marguerite considers abandoning the blinded Etienne, but Julio’s ghost guides her to continue her care for him. Both families mourn for their fallen sons as the film ends.

Ficha Técnica

Año: 1921

País: EEUU

Género: Drama

Formato: 35 mm., B/N coloreada, Muda

Duración: 150 min.

Director: Rex Ingram

Guión: June Mathis y Amos Myers

Montaje: Grant Whytoch


DIREC. ARTÍSTICA: Joseph Calder, Amos Myers

FOTOGRAFÍA: John Seitz (Ayudantes: Walter mayo y Starret Ford)

MÚSICA: Acompañamiento Carl Davis / Louis F. Gottschalk; Director orquesta: Hugo Resenfeld

PRODUCCIÓN: Metro Pictures Corporation.

INTÉRPRETES: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, Nigel de Bruner, Jean, Hersholt, Wallace Beery, Pomeroy Cannon, Joseph Swickord, Virginia Warwick, Brinsley Shaw, , Bridgetta Clark, Mabel Van Buren, , Brodmitch Turner, John St. Polis, Mark Fonton, Stuart Holmes,  Henry Klaus.

Estreno en salas: 6 de Marzo de 1921 (New York City); 31 de Marzo de 1923 (Portugal); 2 de diciembre de 1923 (Finlandia); 5 de octubre de 2011 (Versión restaurada, Francia).

Otros títulos:

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse USA (original title)
Die vier Reiter der Apokalypse Austria / Germany (imdb display title)
Az apokalipszis négy lovasa Hungary (imdb display title)
Czterech jezdzców Apokalipsy Poland
I quattro cavalieri dell’apocalisse Italy
Les quatre cavaliers de l’apocalypse France (imdb display title)
Los cuatro jinetes del apocalipsis Spain
Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse Brazil (imdb display title)
Os Quatro Ginetes do Apocalipse Portugal (imdb display title)


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