The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (USA, 1921), by Rex Ingram, starring Rodolfo Valentino and Alice Terry. (132 minutes)
Presentation: Ana Vega Toscano
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, directed by Rex Ingram, is based on the 1916 novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, which told of the division of a family on its French and German sides as a result of the Great War, depicted with pro-allied sympathies. It became a best seller in the United States and its film version caused the blazing rise to stardom of the Italian emigrant Rudolph Valentino, who prior to this had worked as an extra or secondary actor. Valentino introduced the archetype of the Latin Lover into film, inherited from Don Juan and Casanova, and excelled in the film dancing a memorable tango with Alice Terry. It was simultaneously premiered in New York and Nice, where it was presented by Blasco Ibáñez himself, and became the highest grossing north-American production of its time.