Kehr Capsule of the Week: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

Considering how stupid the whole idea was—to remake a Rudolph Valentino silent with Glenn Ford—this 1962 feature picture is surprisingly passable, particularly when you turn off the sound track and concentrate on the sumptuous visuals provided by Vincente Minnelli. It’s no classic, but there’s more integrity here than anyone would have a right to expect. With Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, and the two horsemen of 40s melodrama, Paul Henreid and Paul Lukas.

Rex Ingram‘s epic 1921 production of the famous antiwar novel promoted supporting actor Rudolph Valentino to international stardom, thanks largely to his finesse in the tango scene. Reportedly, the film is a cut above the usual Valentino vehicle, but Ingram is one of those directors who’s built quite a reputation on the unavailability of his films. Since this is one of the few in circulation, it should be worth a little effort to check out. 131 min.


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