The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
DIRECTOR: VINCENTE MINNELLI
CAST: GLENN FORD, INGRID THULIN, CHARLES BOYER, LEE J. COBB
Rex Ingram’s Rudolph Valentino-starring 1921 anti-war epic, based on Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s novel, is given a World War II-era setting in Minnelli’s update, which stars Glenn Ford as an Argentinian with French blood who opts to join the Resistance, putting himself at odds with Nazi cousin Karl Boehm. “If the picture was to be made, I declared it should be as stunning visually as I could make it,” Minnelli said of the assignment, and the baroque results are, to say the least, awe inspiring. Once infamous as a box-office catastrophe, it can now be seen as one of Minnelli’s purest exercises in imagistic storytelling, its depiction of cinematic decadence is arguably a major influence on Visconti, Bertolucci, and others.
Print courtesy BFI National Archive.
Screening as a part of Minnelli Widescreen