She (1925)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Previously filmed no fewer than six times, H. Rider Haggard's fantasy adventure She was committed to celluloid a seventh time in 1925. The story begins as three intrepid explorers venture into the heart of Libya in hopes of finding the fabled "Pillar of Fire," which, legend has it, provides eternal life. Stumbling into a hidden city, the expedition comes face to face with "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed" (Betty Blythe, repeating her role from the 1921 version), an ageless beauty who rules the region with an iron hand. Recognizing explorer Carlyle Blackwell Sr. as the reincarnation of her long-dead lover Kallikrates, "She" demands that Blackwell accompany her as she walks into the Pillar of Fire. As the men look on in horror, She is literally consumed by the flames, withering and aging some 2,000 years before their eyes. The special effects in She are rather lame, but Betty Blythe is a formidable screen presence, especially when dressed in her ancient regal garb. She would continue to be remade well into the sound era, most memorably by Lansing C. Holden in 1935.



eternal-life, immortality, queen [royalty], reincarnation, tribe