The Sheik ★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

Some stars for the looks, because it does looks quite nice. Not on the same level as say Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen in terms of scenes with lots of men riding horses or its battle scenes, or the ones in Intolerance, but still pretty good.

But if ever there was a Stockholm Syndrome rape fantasy movie this is it. It even comes with a racist ending in which the makers feel the need to comfort the audience that a white girl did not actually fall in love with an Arab. Because how scandalous that would've been..

Pretty awful overacting especially by Ayres. I guess looking at it through the eyes of a 1920s audience it's far less offensive as it is to us today. It explains its great popularity at the time. It's how I try to rate movies, too, but I never have to see this again, nor would I dream of recommending it to anyone.