Eternal Love (1929)
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It is 1806 in the village of Pontresina, Switzerland. Marcus (Barrymore)
is a loner mountain man in love with Ciglia (Camilla Horn), a young woman of
the village who has been rejecting the advances of Lorenz (Victor Varconi).
The mischevous Pia (Mona Rico) throws herself at Marcus, but is also
rejected. She’s an absolute brat. Ciglia and Marcus profess their love,
while the jealous and vindictive Pia oversees. The people of Pontresina
celebrate their liberation from the French Army occupation with a boisterous
masked dance that foretells today’s slamming mosh pits. At
the party, Ciglia becomes frightened of drunken Marcus and has him take her home.
Marcus goes home, confused and cloudy minded. Pia boldly attempts to seduce
Marcus. He succombs, or does he? The next day, Ciglia receives permission
from her uncle Tass (Hobart Bosworth) to
marry Marcus. But Pia and her
mother see Tass, then come to Marcus,
with Ciglia overhearing, and demand
that Marcus marry Pia, who plays
the cowering innocent. Ciglia sadly leaves
Marcus. Marcus and Pia do
get married. Meanwhile, Lorenz swoops in on Ciglia
and eventually they also get married. During a big snowstorm, Pia becomes
desperate to form a rescue party to find Marcus. She resorts to her final
appeal, at the home of Lorenz and Ciglia. Ciglia overreacts to the news and
raises Lorenz’s suspicions about her affections. Ciglia discovers Marcus
safely arriving in the village. Lorenz, consumed in jealously and sorrow,
soon thereafter confronts Marcus, urging Marcus to leave the village and
offering money. Marcus refuses. Pia greedily sees the opportunity to leave
for a more comfortable life and turns harridan. Lorenz, later, sees an
opportunity to ambush Marcus in the mountains. The two exchange gunfire.
Marcus returns to the village, followed by the accusing and dying Lorenz.
The villagers turn against Marcus despite Ciglia’s cries of his innocence.
Pia steps forward to accuse Ciglia of putting Marcus up to the murder of
Lorenz. The villagers turn mob, and pursue Marcus and Ciglia into the
mountains. What will happen? What can happen?