Eagle, The


by Carl Davis

Art Finance Corporation (1925) Director: Clarence Brown
Silent Film
2(II=picc).2(II=ca).2(II=bcl).2 - 3.2.0.ophicleide (or tuba) - timp - perc(2): BD/2 SD/cyms/2 susp.cym/ch.cym/2 tam-t/tamb/tgl/whip/2 wdbl/xyl/glsp/crot/t.bells/3 bell plates - (accordion) - (mandolin) - harp - strings (
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1985, Recorded for Video

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky Director: Clarence Brown Production Company: Art Finance Corporation, 1925 Film Print: restored B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 23 frames pet second) Director Clarence Brown drew from Valentino, in The Eagle, one of his finest performances. Nominally based on Alexander Pushkin's story Dubrovski, but also containing many elements of Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckler ‘The Mark of Zorro’, The Eagle is set in Russia during the days of Catherine the Great. Valentino plays army lieutenant Vladimir Dubrovski, who turns outlaw and wreaks revenge on the evil Kyrilla whilst falling in love with his enemy's daughter, played by the Hungarian beauty Vilma Banky. Clarence Brown's directorial trademarks are admirably displayed. He was a brilliant technician and introduced a number of surprisingly modern technical flourishes to the picture including a spectacular travelling shot along a banqueting table. Carl Davis's score is thoroughly and gloriously Russian, with echoes of Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Tchaikovsky.

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