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The Four Hosemen of the Apocalypse

February 27, 1998 (Friday)

7:30 p.m. Film screening | Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1921, 110 minutes, b/w, 16 mm)
Directed by Rex Ingram
Starring Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Wallace Beery

Based on the novel by Vincente Blasco-Ibanez, this famous silent spectacle is an anti-war story of family members who end up fighting on opposite sides during World War I. Extremely well made, the imagery is still staggering. A legendary tango scene cemented Valentino's popularity.

Piano accompaniment is provided by Mike Schiffer. He accompanied his first silent film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, at Kenyon College in the late 1940's for the opening show of a fellow student's new film society. That student was Paul Newman. Thirty years later he accompanied Erich von Stoheim's FOOLISH WIVES at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Since then he has been improvising scores whenever he gets a chance. His favorites are THE CAMERAMAN and THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Lon Chaney), THE GOLD RUSH (Charlie Chaplin), and NOSFERATU (Max Schreck).

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