The Cossacks (1928)
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Moderately entertaining major silent Based on a Tolstoy novel, this late, big-budget silent starring matinee idol John Gilbert has worn fairly well, though the problems that plagued production, resulting in numerous rewrites, re-shooting, and director changes, are apparent in the way the final product seems rather strained. John Gilbert plays a Cossack youth who is scorned by his family, fellows, and sweet-heart for rejecting the manly arts of fighting, until, stung by his father's reproaches, he turns warrior and wins the girl. The film is especially notable for the meticulous detail of the Czarist Russian setting, and for some spectacular equestrian stunts, performed according to the box's cover by genuine Cossack horsemen. Consider it four stars if you are especially interested in Gilbert, Cossacks, silents, or stunt riding; three stars for the average viewer. The Warner Archive Collection DVD has a good orchestral score composed especially for this release; the audio is very good, and the video a very good transfer of a print that seems generally good, though splotchy in places.
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