Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Originally released in 1924 as Le Miracle des Loups, this French costume adventures finally made it to the States in 1930. Set during the 15th century, the film boils down to an "Uncle Tom's Cabin" chase across a frozen lake. The pursuers are a battalion comprised of the enemies of France: the pursue-ee is the patriotic heroine. The "miracle" comes to pass when the girl manages to negotiate her way through a pack of hungry wolves without suffering a single injury -- a scene that plays far more convincingly than it reads. Highly praised by the intelligentsia in France, Miracle of the Wolves was treated derisively by American critics. This assessment was grossly unfair: One of the most spectacular French productions of its era, the film was also brilliantly edited, anticipating the breathless cross-cutting of Abel Gance's Napoleon."
on-the-run, war, wolf