in about 100 words or less
US 80m, B&W, Silent
Director: Clarence Brown; Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Louise Dresser, Albert Conti, James A. Marcus
The Eagle is romantic melodrama about Vladimir Dubrovsky, a lieutenant in the Russian army who becomes a wanted man after rejecting Czarina Catherine’s sexual advances. A wanted fugitive, Dubrovsky becomes a Zorro-like character, donning a black mask and seeking revenge against an unscrupulous landowner who cheated his father. A playful film with comedic elements, the masked man successfully plays a cat and mouse game with the landowner’s daughter and they fall in love. Though it looks as if happiness is out of reach for the young couple when soldiers catch-up with them, a twist ending sends everyone home happy (Klaus Ming December 2015).