Film Series : Recently Restored 2017

The Son Of The Sheik

1926, George Fitzmaurice, USA, 68 min. With Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 16th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 18th 6:00pm

“Lush, exciting, genuinely erotic.”—William K. Everson, American Silent Film

THE SON OF THE SHEIK was the final film of legendary silent-screen idol Valentino, released shortly before his untimely death, and it is widely considered to be his finest effort. A follow-up to (and vast improvement on) the 1921 hit THE SHEIK, this ripe slice of Hollywood Orientalism features Valentino in a dual role as the original Sheik and his headstrong son Ahmed. The impulsive lad succumbs to the charms of Yasmin (Banky), an exotic dancer exploited by her ne’er-do-well father and his band of thieves, who kidnap and torture him. Mistakenly believing that Yasmin betrayed him, Ahmed resolves to subject her to a revenge-worse-than-death. The 50 SHADES OF GREY of its day, THE SON OF THE SHEIK applies Hollywood polish to the realm of borderline-transgressive sexual fantasy, with excellent trick photography, rousing action scenes, a solid script by Frances Marion, and impressive set design by William Cameron Menzies. Silent film with recorded music score. 2K DCP digital restoration from the Cohen Film Collection. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Recently Restored" film on any Saturday in September, and get a ticket for the second "Recently Restored" film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.