The Son of the Sheik

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One of the most popular films from the silent era, director George Fitzmaurice’s The Son of the Sheik stars Rudolph Valentino who gives perhaps the finest performance of his career. Unfortunately it would be his last, he died suddenly at the age of... read more

One of the most popular films from the silent era, director George Fitzmaurice’s The Son of the Sheik stars Rudolph Valentino who gives perhaps the finest performance of his career. Unfortunately it would be his last, he died suddenly at the age of 31, just days before the film’s release.In this visually intoxicating sequel to Valentino’s career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen’s greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieve’s trap by  a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky). After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her. Exotic romance saturates every frame of this Orientalist epic; its sadomasochistic fantasies are acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes (Sadie Thompson).From a new restoration available for the first time on home video, and featuring a magnificent score by maestro Carl Davis, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present George Fitzmaurice’s The Son of the Sheik in a Dual Format release for the first time in the UK.

Original Release

09/05/1926

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Cast

Rudolph Valentino The Sheik
Vilma Banky Yasmin (as Vilma Banky)
George Fawcett André
Montagu Love Ghabah (as Montague Love)
Agnes Ayres Diana - Wife of the Sheik
Karl Dane Ramadan
Bull Montana Mountebank
Bynunsky Hyman Mountebank (as Binunsky Hyman)
William Donovan S'rir
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

George Fitzmaurice

Writers

Edith Maude Hull, Frances Marion, Fred De Gresac, George Marion Jr., Paul Girard Smith

Cast

Rudolph Valentino The Sheik
Vilma Banky Yasmin (as Vilma Banky)
George Fawcett André
Montagu Love Ghabah (as Montague Love)
Agnes Ayres Diana - Wife of the Sheik
Karl Dane Ramadan
Bull Montana Mountebank
Bynunsky Hyman Mountebank (as Binunsky Hyman)
William Donovan S'rir

Producers

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