Based on the novel “Dubrovsky” by Alexander Pushkin the great silent-era sex symbol Rudolph Valentino departs from his onscreen persona of a Latin lover and delivers one of the most nuanced and powerful performances of his career.
In this epic romance set in 18th-century Russia, directed by Clarence Brown (The Last of the Mohicans, Flesh and the Devil, Anna Karenina) Valentino stars as Vladimir Dubrovsky; a lieutenant in the Imperial Guard who becomes a fugitive after he rejects the amorous attentions of the Czarina Catherine II (Louise Dresser).
Returning to the land of his father, Dubrovsky becomes a masked defender of justice known as ‘The Black Eagle’, and swears vengeance upon a nobleman (James A. Marcus) who has been victimizing the poor and weak. A character which was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks’ The Mark of Zorro (1920).
Live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney with new restoration by Lobster Films, Paris.
Director: Clarance Brown
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, Louise Dresser, James A. Marcus
USA / PG / 68 mins
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