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The Son of the Sheik(1926)

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  • SON OF THE SHEIK

    • Suann
    • 7/23/11

    This was an excellent movie and an excellent print that was shown to us on TCM but I was quite disappointed in the quality of the print that was shown earlier in the month of THE SHEIK. How nice it would have been to have seen a much clearer movie of The Sheik but it is nice to know the progress that was made in that 5 years between the two movies. My Mother had always told me she liked Rudolph Valentino very much so I always look for his movies on TCM and view them whenever I can. Of course, I am not as impressed with his acting as she was, but consider the time difference I guess.I am in my mid 70's and do not watch anything afterthe 60's. I really love watching the silent films but also like the 30's, 40's and 50's movies. TCM is MY channel. Love it!!!

  • The Son of the Sheik

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/5/11

    **1/2

  • The Son of the Sheik

    • Natacha
    • 7/27/10

    This was Valentino's last, and best film per the opinion of many. Valentino plays both a father (the Sheik) and his son. The makeup and editing work are amazing, considering the time (1926). Valentino walked the back lot without being mobbed because he wasn't recognized when he was made up as the elder sheik. In "The Sheik", an Arabian tribal leader sees a headstrong young English woman played by Agnes Ayres, and wants her, so he abducts her. Love prevails, they marry and have a son. In this sequel, Agnes Ayres reappears as the mother of the lead character, who falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who is part of an itinerant group of entertainers, played by Vilma Banky. The son of the sheik won't reveal his true identity to Yasmin. He and Yasmin meet nightly for lovemaking at an Arabian ruins. Footage from these scenes is frequently shown in Valentino tribute videos. If you see this film, you'll know why. His desire for her is palpable, and even people who don't like Valentino admit he's hot while making love to Banky, even without sound effects, color or nudity. Members of her troupe follow her and recognize that he must be related to someone wealthy, so they abduct him, intending to demand ransom. He refuses to identify his father despite being tortured. He asks about Yasmin and is told she pretended to love him as part of the plot to lure him to a lonely location to be kidnapped. He escapes, and while recovering from his injuries in an Arabian town, the itinerant entertainers arrive. Yasmin, who doesn't know what her lover was told, can't understand why he's angry and rejects her. He abducts her and takes her back to his oasis, intent on seeking revenge. Scenes from his tent are frequrently shown in Valentino tributes and depict Banky denying she betrayed him and begging forgiveness. Valentino convincingly emotes both anger and conflict--he loves her, but revenge "is the law of my father". This firm proves what a fine actor he really was.

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