Dir: George Melford, 1921, USA, 75 mins, Cert: PG
Fri 25 January // 20:00
Tickets: £8 (full) / £7 (concession)
Hollywood's first male sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, appears in his most iconic of roles in The Sheik (1921). Breaking box office records, The Sheik would secure Valentino’s place as one of the first iconic Hollywood legends.
The film also stars Agnes Ayres as Lady Diana Mayo, a headstrong Western woman who infiltrates the private party of the handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino). When the Sheik later encounters Diana in the desert, he abducts her and takes her to his sumptuous lair. Unable to resist the Sheik's cruel magnetism, Diana's defiant nature crumbles and she begins to develop affectionate feelings for her captor.
The Sheik plays upon a long tradition of Orientalism in Western art, which romanticized the sands of Northern Africa as a hotbed of seduction and captivity and would spawn successors that helped the mythical type take root even more.
South West Silents and Cube Cinema are proud to present this very special screening with a new digital restoration by Lobster Films, Paris with live piano accompaniment.
Online tickets are on sale until 3 hours before the film start time. In house box office opens 30 mins before film starts.