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Elsinore Wednesday Evening Film Festival in #SalemOR

October 15
7:00 pm
Son Of The Sheik
  (George Fitzmaurice, USA, 1926)

Son Of The Sheik was Rudolph Valentino’s follow up to The Sheik, a superior sequel, and his last film.  The greatest lover on the silent screen plays a dual role, that of the Sheik and his hot-blooded son, Ahmed.  Kino Films writes that young Ahmed, “a cultured yet untamed young man, is lured into a thieves’ trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky).  After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her….  The film’s sultry beauty and torrid power are derived from the exotic romance which saturates every frame, its sadomasochistic fantasies acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief Of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes.”  Shortly after the film’s completion, Valentino died suddenly, on August 23, 1926, at the age of 31.  68 minutes.

“Handsomely mounted silent film is a first-rate adventure / romance.” ––Leonard Maltin

“Tongue-in-cheek desert romp, which was probably its star’s best film.”   ––Halliwell’s Film Guide

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