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Eternal Love (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 May 1929 (USA)
In the Swiss Alps of the early 19th century, a couple forced into loveless marriages struggle to find happiness with one another.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

H.H. Caldwell (titles), Jakob Christoph Heer (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
John Barrymore ... Marcus Paltran
Camilla Horn ... Ciglia
Victor Varconi ... Lorenz Gruber
Hobart Bosworth ... Rev. Tass
Bodil Rosing ... Housekeeper
Mona Rico ... Pia
Evelyn Selbie ... Pia's mother
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In a Swiss Village in 1806, the fiery Marcus and the local clergyman's niece Ciglia are passionately in love. Unfortunately, after getting drunk during a celebration, Marcus is seduced by his aggressive admirer Pia, who uses the encounter to force him into marrying her. Heart-broken, Ciglia tries to forget him by marrying her own persistent admirer, Lorenz. Able to be faithful in deed but not thought, the two pine for each other, inspiring jealousy in their respective spouses. And once Lorenz decides to find a way to force Marcus out of town for good, it seems the relationship between Marcus and Ciglia can only end in tragedy. Written by cupcakes

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THE DAREDEVIL (John Barrymore) - Fearless, defiant, a creature of raging passions, fighting the world for freedom and love. (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Mountains See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Prints exist in the Mary Pickford Institute film archive [35mm duplicate negative, 35mm print], and in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [35mm restoration print]. See more »

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Tender, if routine, love story
24 June 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Eternal Love (1929) is not the film for those who seek originality. The story of ill-fated lovers in the Alps hits every melodramatic beat, from forced marriages to scheming jealous admirers. But it makes up for this flaw with tender performances from John Barrymore and Camilla Horn, who elevate the tired story and archetypal characters to a higher place through their chemistry and yearning. They make this small-scale romantic tragedy feel almost operatic at times, and their fate will leave you sobbing by the end.

Mona Rico also gives a fine performance as the promiscuous and wild Pia, who seeks to possess Barrymore at any cost. Even though her character is unlikable and mean, she has great charisma. It is a shame she never became a star.

EL is not a great piece of cinema, but it is a sweet, skillfully made melodrama that lovers of silent film might like to check out.


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