The Eagle (1925 film)

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The Eagle
The-eagle-1925.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Clarence Brown
Produced by John W. Considine Jr.
Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Hans Kraly
Based on Dubrovsky 
by Alexander Pushkin
Starring
Cinematography
Production
company
Art Finance Corporation
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • November 8, 1925 (1925-11-08) (USA)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English intertitles
The Eagle

The Eagle is a 1925 American silent film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, and Louise Dresser.[1] Based on the novel Dubrovsky by Alexander Pushkin,[2] the film is about a lieutenant in the Russian army who catches the eye of Czarina Catherine II. After he rejects her advances and flees, she puts out a warrant for his arrest, dead or alive. When he learns that his father has been persecuted and killed, he dons a black mask and becomes an outlaw. Prints currently exist in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library and in private film collections.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Vladimir Dubrovsky (Rudolph Valentino), a Cossack serving in the Russian army, comes to the notice of the Czarina (Louise Dresser) when he rescues Mascha (Vilma Bánky), a beautiful young lady, and her aunt trapped in a runaway stagecoach. He is delighted when the Czarina offers to make him a general but horrified when she tries to seduce him. He flees and the Czarina puts a price on his head.

Soon afterwards he receives a letter from his father informing him that the evil nobleman Kyrilla Troekouroff (James A. Marcus) has taken over his lands and is terrorizing the countryside. Hurrying home, Vladimir learns that his father has died. Vowing to avenge his father and help the victimized peasantry, he adopts a black mask and becomes the Black Eagle, a Robin Hood figure. Discovering that Kyrilla is Mascha's father, he takes the place of a tutor who has been sent for from France, but not previously seen by anyone in the household. Vladimir is thus able to become part of Kyrilla's household.

As Vladimir's love for Mascha grows, he becomes more and more reluctant to continue seeking revenge against her father, and the two eventually flee the Troekouroff estate. Vladimir is captured by the Czarina's men, but the Czarina, once determined to have him executed, has a last minute change of heart, and she allows Vladimir, given a new French name, and Mascha to leave Russia for Paris.

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Reception[edit]

Valentino's previous few films had not been particularly well received, but The Eagle proved a strong comeback for him, getting good reviews from the critics, doing well at the box office and proving popular with both male and female fans.[citation needed] The Eagle is also notable in cinematic history for its famous extended tracking shot of the food laden table in the banquet scene.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Eagle (1925)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Eagle". Silent Era. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

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