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The Son of the Sheik

The Son of the Sheik

Son of the Sheik is a 1926 silent film produced by United Artists, directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky. It was based on a romance novel by Edith Maude Hull The Sons of the Sheik, a sequel to the bestselling The Sheik. It was the last film made with Valentino. This film was a sequel to the 1921 movie The Sheik, also starring Valentino. Ahmed, the adult son of Sheik Ahmed (Valentino played both roles) is just as impetuous as his father once was. At the beginning of the movie he is wooing the dancing girl Yasmine (Banky), who is exploited and overworked by her renegade French father. During one of their trysts at a moonlit ruins, Ahmed is kidnapped and later tortured by Yasmine's father and his cronies who hope to receive a large ransom from Ahmed's father. Ahmed is rescued by his loyal servant Ramadan, and, having been misled into believing that Yasmine set up his capture, kidnaps her in turn and imprisons her in his tent. It is heavily implied that the female protagonist is then raped, but the exact details are left to the viewers' imagination. Ahmed's father, angered at his son's long absence from home, arrives and insists that he free Yasmine. When a remorseful Ahmed learns that Yasmine had no involvement in his kidnapping he sets off to free her from her father (who is trying to force her to marry one of his henchmen). All is forgiven, and the movie ends with Yasmine and Ahmed presumably engaged.

Italy, 1995, The Son of the Sheik


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