The Eagle (1925)

Unrated   |    |  Action, Comedy, Drama


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A wanted Russian lieutenant becomes a masked vigilante seeking vengeance upon the man who stole his family's land, only to fall for his charming daughter.


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  • Louise Dresser and Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925)
  • Rudoph Valentino, EAGLE, THE, United Artists, 1925, **I.V.
  • Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925)
  • Rudolph Valentino, EAGLE, THE, United Artists, 1925, **I.V.
  • Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925)
  • Rudoph Valentino, Clarence Brown, EAGLE, THE, United Artists, 1925, **I.V.

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11 April 2004 | Spondonman
8
| Where Eagles Daren't
I really enjoyed watching this film after a gap of 15 years or so. The version I saw before was the Photoplay version, restored for UK Channel 4 and video release in 1986, this time it was an InstantVision DVD I picked up for £1 in 2004. It sure ain't got Carl Davis's score! The music is OK and it accidentally works for much of the film, but it repeats in 13 minute cycles come what may in the 72 on the screen. The fact that it is so apparent is the only annoying thing about the DVD production, and only detracts slightly from the film itself - you can play it silent!

It's a tale similar to Zorro in sex-mad Catherine the Great's Russia/ Hollywood, with the Vengeance of the Black Eagle ultimately diffused by Love. The camera treats Valentino and Banky well, two young and beautiful people caught in time for all time. Good points: The scene with the banquet table groaning (under the camera apparatus?); Valentino massaging Banky's neck in an erotic moment; the splendidly atmospheric marriage in the prison cell. Bad points: Occasional hamminess and the overpowering feeling that we're not in Russia.

But all in all a most impressive penultimate film for Valentino, and one I hope to view again with a more sympathetic soundtrack!

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