A year after The Prisoner of Zenda, Rex Ingram shoots another film with more or less the same team. This time, it takes place during the French Revolution. So we can se Alice Terry (Mrs Ingram), Lewis Stone and Ramon Novarro. But when you look closely, you can recognize Edward Snitz, John George, Edward Conelly...
Scaramouche is the film where the story and the History collide.
The story is the one of André Louis Moreau (Ramon Novarro), an orphan whose friend, a fighter for freedom, is killed in duel by the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr (Lewis Stone). Moreau is also in love with Aline de Kercadiou (Alice Terry), the niece of the man who raised him.
The History is the one of
Fortunately, we are interested in the story. Ramon Novarro is young, bold and handsome; Alice Terry is beautiful and cries easily; Lewis Stone is, as usual, very straight-up, and also a sort of villain, for he kills Moreau's friend.
Once more, we have a fencing dual, but this time, it is better than in Zenda.
But what strikes the spectator are the glittering eyes. In the first sequence, a dead man is brought back home. He was killed by the tyranny. We see his wife crying, the tears glittering in her eyes. Later, Moreau's eyes will glitter, when his friend is killed by de la Tour. IN every great moment of the film, we have these glittering eyes.
Time and space have a very strange aspect in this film. Indeed, when you know
Gavrillac is the place where Moreau and Alice grow up .
Unfortunately, if we recognize very well each location, there is a big problem of space: in 1789, you cannot ride from
As for the Time of the film, I would prefer not to talk about it. One date is right: August the 12th, 1792. When the people of
Despite all this, this Scaramouche movie has much charm. The fencing duel may be shorter than in George Sidney's movie (Scaramouche, 1952), it is nevertheless a great moment. The final revelation is quite amazing, and the actors were really well chosen.
And, despite the fact that Moreau (and the script) is naive, we feel quite happy for him at the end.