The Sheik (Silent)

A charming sheik becomes infatuated with a modern English woman and abducts her to his desert home.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 10, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1921
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 938
The film, directed by George Melford, has it both ways as it plays on the western fantasies of exoticism and romanticizes sexual slavery, but presents the Sheik as something of a prankster who treats the whole thing as a joke ... Full Review
Stream on Demand
Aug 3, 2017
The acting could not be worse than the story, but it is bad enough. Valentino is revealed as a player without resource. Full Review
Variety
May 11, 2018
The Sheik is the sort of story which will make every woman who is married to a kind and indulgent husband go home from the theater and feel her heart riled with a great pity for him because he is so prosy, and a greater pity for herself. Full Review
New York Tribune
Nov 6, 2019
Rating: B -- It's one of those films that should be seen by film buffs and those interested in films as history. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 14, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Landmark film that was never all that hot with a solution so jaw-droppingly racist that it's hard to believe.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Sep 5, 2004

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"The Great Lover of the Silver Screen," Rudolph Valentino rose to super stardom with his role as The Sheik. Despite Paramount's modest expectations and tepid reviews, female reaction to this film overwhelmingly propelled it to enormous box office success and legendary status. Some of his other classic performances include The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse (1921), Blood And Sand (1922), and The Eagle (1925). Following his untimely death at age 31 the following year, over 80,000 adoring fans swamped his funeral.

Struck down by her beauty, Sheik Ahmed abducts Lady Diana, an English woman touring Arabia, and carries her off to his desert kingdom. Although he lavishes her with attention and luxuries, she withholds herself from his charms. Wandering off from Ahmed's guards, she is captured by the desert bandit Omair. The Sheik rounds up his warriors and races off to attack Omair's stronghold, before the brute can force himself upon his beloved Diana.

Actor George Waggner would later turn to directing, helming several Universal horror classics including The Wolf Man (1941). Director George Melford is best remembered for the Spanish version of Dracula (1931).

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  • Sales Rank: 7,833
  • UPC: 089218722898
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