Wednesday, July 25

Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member and Children under 12)

“The Son of the Sheik” (1926) is Rudolph Valentino’s last film – a rollicking, sexy adventure drama, with doses of slapstick humor. In this story, Ahmed, son of the sheik, falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father’s gang of mountebanks. Among the cutthroats is a villainous Moor to whom Yasmin is promised. In ruins near the city where Yasmin dances, she and Ahmed meet secretly – until a night when her father and the gang capture Ahmed, torture himand hold him for ransom.

Ahmed doesn’t believe that Yasmin set him up for capture. He believes that true love will find a way through webs of deceit, but he also worries what the sheik will say about consorting with a dancing girl.

Valentino shows real talent by playing two roles, portraying both the son and the father, where he remains almost unrecognizable in the latter role. Great split screen work allows the two Valentinos to inter-relate. The film makes you wonder what such a talented man may have achieved, had he lived longer. It’s hard to believe such charisma would ever fail.

Also screened will be Charlie Chaplin’s classic “The Immigrant” (1917).

Runtime: “The Son of the Sheik” (1926), 82 minutes. “The Immigrant” (1917), 26 minutes.

Total running time: 106 minutes

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