The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


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Religious mysticism pervades this tale of a rich, pleasure-seeking young Argentinian who carouses and plays and laughs off responsibility when war comes around, until a symbolic dream of the Biblical Four Horsemen sets him on the path to heroic redemption. Watch for the famous seductive tango sequence.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Vicente Blasco Ibanez, June Mathis
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Metro Pictures Corporation


as Marguerite

as Madariaga

as Celendonio

as Karl

as Prof. von Hartrott

as Lt. Col. von Richtho...

as Dona Luisa

as Tchernoff

as Argensola

as Sen. Lacour

as Rene Lacour

as Capt. von Hartrott

as Heinrich von Hartrot...

as Lodgekeeper

as Lodgekeeper's Wife

as Georgette

as Capt. d'Aubrey

as Maj. Blumhordt

as The French Butler

as The German Woman

as Con quest

as Lieutenant

as Mile. Lucette. the M...
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Critic Reviews for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rousing, heartbreaking, beautiful, ugly, and full of human activity, some of which sings with insight and emotion, some of which plods.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Has not worn well with age.

Full Review… | June 8, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


Strange film, tries to be anti-militarist but ends up being pro-French and pro-US and anti-German. It is way way too long. Only for Valentino's true fans.


The metaphor is taken a bit far in this early anti-war film. There were moments I was really interested in this family's story, but found the transition between that and the "big picture" themes to be very jarring. While watching this, I realized I have not yet found a silent drama I truly like - I think the disconnect between acting styles is still something I haven't been able to get used to.

Okay, I was amazed that this movie was on Flixster. I'm even more amazed to find it on Flixster twice.

This is on the 501 Must-See Movie, but is wildly out of print. I mean, you can't get a $100.00 VHS of it. I couldn't even find a copy to buy. That's amazing to me. I mean, I work at a rare-video store and if I try hard enough, I can find a copy of almost everything. But this movie is impossible find. Luckily, it was Rudolph Valentino's birthday and the fine folks over at Turner Classic Movies decided to hold a Rudolph Valentino marathon in honor of the anniversary of his birth. Good for me. This really is a fine movie. I had no idea that the title would be so literal though. Really, this is more of a war movie than an action epic. It's one of those first real ant-war movies. I understand why. Unlike Wooden Crosses or All Quiet on the Western Front, this one uses far more biblical allegory and invovles an "out-of-war" situation. For most of this movie,w e deal with the relationships of a cocky Bruce Wayne who has been deprived of his fortune for reasons unknown. (I'm still quesitoning that moemnt in the movie. I mean, grandpa did say that he would be the heir of the fortune.) We see his socially promiscuous ways and that's when the idea of the war is brought up. But then Jesus shows up...

I'm pretty sure he's Jesus. Rex Ingram wasn't exactly subtle with His Holiness's Bearded Blocking. (I'm aware "His Holiness" refers to the Pope...but it worked out too well.) We then see the physical manifestations of the titular characters every so often interspurced with non-related war scenes.

What's really interesting is the B-story going on with Julio's father. His is the character that really makes the most on-screen change. Admittedly, Julio kind of pulls a lightswitch change, but seeing the miser deal with his family betraying him because of their German heritage was interesting. The Germans really get an unfair rap in this movie. I understand portraying the Germans as evil in the war scenes, but they're totally assholes outside of the battle sequences and that's just meant to win over audiences. Who can blame Ingram? I mean, it's not like this movie was meant to be watched almost a century later. Who am I to complain? I actually kind of giggled at poitns. But the best part about the story is the destruction of the house. That was soem epic stuff. I'll give the 501 those points watching the roof collapse and the Germans tearing apart the inside of the house and abusing the family and the servants. Pretty solid stuff.

This is another one of those over two hour silents. Luckily, not too much longer, but it did drage a little. Good thing that the visuals really sold me in this one because it was honestly top notch. I'm probably going to buy this if it is ever released.

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