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)

SATURDAY DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
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.