Cossacks (Region 1 DVD)

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A novel by Leo Tolstoy provides the source for the rowdy and romantic silent-era adventure, the Cossacks, presented to today's audiences in a superb print and with a colorful orchestral score by Robert Israel. John Gilbert, the screen's famed Great Lover, portrays Lukashka, son of a Cossack Chieftain. Mocked for his peace-loving ways, the young Cossack proves he's made of sterner stuff when he out rides and overwhelms enemy Turks who've escaped with his village's horses. Yet greater tests of his courage and prowess await Lukashka. He also faces a romantic rival - a czarist prince intent on marrying Lukashka's beloved (played by Renee Adoree, Gilbert's costar in the Big Parade). Applauded by the New York Times' Mordant Hall for it's earnest attention to the atmospheric detail, the film is rife with celebration, ceremony and, above all, amazing trick-riding performed on galloping steeds by real-life Cossack horsemen.

Product Details

Barcode
888574128364
Department
Movies & TV
Released
28 Oct 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region 1
Studio
Warner Archives
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Cossacks
Release Year
1928
Running Time
74 min
Categories
Dramas / Adventure / Silent
Synopsis
Based on a Leo Tolstoy novel, THE COSSACKS centers around Lukashka (John Gilbert), a young Russian man who has no interest in fighting, unlike the other Cossacks around him. Because of his cheery, peaceful ways, he is ridiculed by the others of his village, even though he is the son of Ivan the Ataman (Ernest Torrence), who is the toughest man there. Finally, even Lukashka's ladylove, Maryana (Renee Adoree), believes him a coward. The people of the village dress him up in an apron and throw grapes at him, and this causes him to snap. Lukashka becomes a fierce fighter, killing any Turks that come his way. Meanwhile, the Czar's messenger, Prince Olenin (Neil Neely) comes to town and decides to take Maryana for his own. But when he makes his way back to the capital with the girl, Lukashka kidnaps her. As for the Prince, he is killed by a pack of Turks. Although the set design and photography for this film were well-done, other aspects miss. George Hill directed most of the picture but Clarence Brown was brought in at the finish to clean it up -- Brown claims the film was a mess by the time he was assigned to work on it. Many of the subtitles are poorly written and are not fair descriptions of the action. One example that is especially -- and unintentionally -- hilarious: Gilbert's character is introduced with "He does not like the smell of blood. He is a chewer of sunflower seeds." Needless to say, Gilbert was unhappy with THE COSSACKS. While it received, for the most part, positive reviews, hindsight shows that it subtly marked the beginning of a downward spiral for the M-G-M silent star.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Full Frame
Cast & Crew
Director
Clarence Brown / George Hill
Star
Renee Adoree / Mary Alden / Dale Fuller / John Gilbert / Ernest Torrence
Co-Star
Josephine Borio / Paul Hurst / Yorke Sherwood
Source Writer
Leo Tolstoy / Author: Leo Tolstoy