Review: ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’

The magnitude of The Four Horsemen is staggering, and it is not hard to believe the statistics relative to the production. It is said to have cost approximately $800,000; director Rex Ingram had 14 assistants, each with a cameraman; more than 12,000 persons were used, and 125,000 tons of masonry and other material employed; $375,000 insurance was carried on the art works, furniture, etc, used in the picture, which was six months in the making.

The magnitude of The Four Horsemen is staggering, and it is not hard to believe the statistics relative to the production. It is said to have cost approximately $800,000; director Rex Ingram had 14 assistants, each with a cameraman; more than 12,000 persons were used, and 125,000 tons of masonry and other material employed; $375,000 insurance was carried on the art works, furniture, etc, used in the picture, which was six months in the making.

Horror stalked grinningly bold through the book of Vicente Blasco Ibanez, the greatest of the World War I romances. Ingram has mercifully cloaked it with distance and delicacy of treatment. This is a characteristic of the director’s handling of the entire subject. It is a production of many nuances, shadings so artistic and skillful as to intrigue the mind of the spectator.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Production

Metro. Director Rex Ingram; Screenplay June Mathis; Camera John F. Seitz; Editor Grant Whytock; Music Louis F. Gottschalk; Art Director Joseph Calder, Amos Myers

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1921. Running time: 130 MIN.

With

Rudolph Valentino Alice Terry Alan Hale Nigel de Brulier Jean Hersholt Wallace Beery
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