The Eagle 1925 PG

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This romantic story of Czarist Russia was adapted from a story by Alexander Pushkin. A young cossack officer becomes the object of the amorous Czarina's affections. He is banished when he rejects her, and becomes the dashing Robin Hood-like bandit: The Eagle. Charmingly acted. Louise Dresser is a stand out as Czarina. One of Valentino's best films.

Starring:
Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

The Eagle

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Action, Comedy
Director Clarence Brown
Starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky
Supporting actors Louise Dresser, Albert Conti, James A. Marcus, George Nichols, Carrie Clark Ward, Spottiswoode Aitken, Agostino Borgato, Mario Carillo, Gary Cooper, Jean De Briac, Otto Hoffman, Eric Mayne, Michael Pleschkoff, Russell Simpson, Mack Swain, Gustav von Seyffertitz
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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All in all, not an improvement on the VHS releases but you may as well buy it if you have an all DVD collection.
Amazon Customer
This enjoyable and satisfying story is enhanced by good acting, especially by Valentino, and the picture quality is very good throughout.
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood
I was unfamiliar with the silent film genre and thought Rudolph Valentino was just a beautiful man with sultry eyes.
P. Neagle

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ravyn on July 13, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"The Eagle" is probably silent screen star Rudolph Valentino's best film. A delightful romantic swashbuckler set in the 18th century Russia (although costume-wise it looks 19th and early 20th century), it is full of action, romance, and also plenty of humor. Valentino is a lieutenant in the czarina's army who becomes a sort of Russian Zorro in order to avenge his father's murder by a neighboring landowner who had stolen his land. His plans for revenge go awry when he falls in love with the charming and lovely daughter of his enemy played by Vilma Banky, who would be reteamed with Valentino in his final film, "The Son of the Sheik." "The Eagle" was directed by Clarence Brown who went on to direct Greta Garbo, and made a number of classic sound films including "National Velvet."
"The Eagle" as a film deserves 5 stars but I can only give this new DVD print 3 stars. Unfortunately, the poor picture quality of this DVD is from the Killiam Collection and is released by Image Entertainment. It has an organ score which I found to be so-so.
...The only real plus here with this DVD is there are chapter titles so you can jump to your favorite scenes. There are no other extras here.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2002
Format: DVD
This is not a review of the movie - other than to say it has been one of my favorite silents for over 20 years. This DVD, by Image from the Killiam Collection, seems to be from a somewhat deteriorated positive print of the movie accompanied by a rather mundane organ music tract. Image themselves, released a Laserdisc copy from the Rohauer Collection with full orchestra music in 1989 that was far superior. Hopefully they will be able to re-master that on for release on DVD in the future.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sandy McLendon on December 25, 2002
Format: DVD
If you don't have a copy of Valentino's most engaging silent, "The Eagle", in your collection, you should certainly have this, but you should know that it is far - very far - from the best version that has been available. This edition is sourced from the Killiam Collection, and is evidently from a 16mm reduction print that saw long use and little care. Contrast and detail are poor, to say the least. There is a sad, tired musical accompaniment that is best turned off, frankly.
What's awful about all this is that this same company, Image Entertainment, once offered a far superior version. Its 1989 laserdisc edition was based on a clean 35mm print from the Rohauer Collection that had excellent contrast and detail. The score was a magnificently well-suited one by Carl Davis; it went so well with the film that once you've had a viewing with Davis's compositions, seeing "The Eagle" with any other score is unthinkable.
"The Eagle" is indispensable to a collection of silents, but this edition is not a patch on what Image itself has offered in the past. It is to be hoped that the company can clear whatever obstacles are keeping it from offering a DVD release of what was one of the best silent-film offerings on laserdisc.
Two stars out of five- I'm docking two for the ghastly print, two for the wretched score that takes the place of Davis's work, and adding one back to be charitable, because this movie is one of Valentino's best, and you should have it, even in a version as shabby as this.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2002
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This is my favorite Valentino movie. It allows him to use his natural talent as a comedian while still fulfilling what his audience expected of his as "the great lover".
Valentino plays Vladimir, a young Cossack officer who spurns the advances of Catherine the Great. (An amusing reversal especially when viewed along with the Sheik movies) Unfortunately, Vladimir's father wirtes to him begging him to get the Czarina's help. He has been swindled by a friend and is dying. Vladimir can do nothing but go home and watch his father die a broken man. He vows vengeance against Karilla, who betrayed his father, and becomes a sort of Russian Zorro called the Black Eagle.
Another unfortunate twist, Karilla has a daughter and since she is played by the lovely Vilma Banky you can guess what happens. Vladimir is smitten and is now stuck between loyalty to his father and band of followers and his love for her. Banky guesses who Vladimir really is right away (in spite of his disguises) and tries to get him to spare her father. Of course, Vladimir will have none of it and it looks like trouble until Vladimir is caught by the soldiers of the revengeful Catherine.
What happens next? Watch and see!
Valentino handles his swashbuckler duties with an airy charm. (A shame he never played the Scarlet Pimpernel!) His scenes with Louise Dresser's Catherine are particularly good. She is trying to charm him, he is trying to find a polite way out. Dresser thoroughly deserved her Oscar nod and it's too bad that Valentino was not given one as well. The rest of the supporting cast is also very good, Vilma Banky plays her usual role, the nice girl with a temper, and has an obvious chemistry with Valentino.
That said, this DVD, while ok, is not the greatest. The print quality is so-so and points.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Voorhees on March 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am a very big Rudolph Valentino fan. I love this movie. He just couldn't get any better than in this movie. The part with the Empress is the best. The look on his face is fabulous. I have seen just about all of Rudy's movies and this ranks as my second favorite. The first is Son of the Sheik. Vilma Banky was a beautiful star and was very good in this movie also.
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