The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent war film based on Vicente Blasco Ibanez’s popular novel of the same name.
After his wealthy grandfather dies, the young tango hero Julio Desnoyers and his half-French, half-German family move back to Europe, where their lives are upended by the start of World War I.
Adapted for the screen by:
Metro Pictures Corporation
Like Star Wars, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It was the only silent film included in Martin Scorsese’s list of “85 films you need to see to know anything about film”.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is now in the public domain and can be downloaded for free on the Internet Archive, but I am working with the Turner Classic Movies restoration done by Photoplay Productions. Carl Davis composed the score.
My purpose in doing this new edit was to improve the pacing and tempo of the film in order to make it more accessible to modern audiences. Some scenes needed to be cut in order to accomplish that more dynamic feel. In addition, while the quality of filmmaking was exceptionally high, there were a few scenes where I felt dramatic cues were missed, and sequences in which shots didn’t flow quite right, so I wanted to fix those as well.
I’d like to get into film editing, and hope to use this as a demo in the future.
Here is my edited upload of Act I:
And here is the original for comparison: