The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis, USA, 1921), by Rex Ingram, with Rodolfo Valentino and Alice Terry. (132 minutes)
Presentation: Ana Vega Toscano
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse directed by Rex Ingram was based in Vicente Blasco Ibáñez's novel from 1916 that deals on the excision of a family from its French and German roots as a result of the Great War, represented with pro-allies sympathy. It became a best-seller in the United States and its cinematographic version produced the the dazzling launch to stardom of the Italian emigrant Rodolfo Valentino, who until then had only worked in the film industry as a bystander or in secondary roles. Valentino would introduce the Latin Lover archetype into cinema, heir of Don Juan and Casanova, and showed-off in the film dancing a memorable tango with Alice Terry. It was premiered simultaneously in New York and Nice, and Blasco Ibáñez was the presenter in this second city. The movie became the highest grossing North American production to that date.