Directed by
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyCharles Rosher
Edited byAllen McNeil
Feature Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • May 27, 1928 (1928-05-27)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSound (Synchronized)
English Intertitles
Budget$1.2 million[1]

Tempest is a 1928 American synchronized sound drama film directed by Sam Taylor. While the film has no audible dialog, it was released with a synchronized musical score with sound effects using both the sound-on-disc and sound-on-film process. V. I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko wrote the screenplay and William Cameron Menzies won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work in the film in 1929, the first year of the awards ceremony.[2] John Barrymore and Camilla Horn star in the film, with Louis Wolheim co-starring.[3]

Preserved by two US archives George Eastman House and UCLA Film and TV.[4]


The film is set during final days of Czarist Russia and revolves around a peasant who rises through the ranks of the Russian army ending up a lieutenant. His life is made increasingly difficult by the aristocrats and officers around him who are resentful of his progress. He then finds himself rejected by a princess he falls in love with and, having been caught in her room, is put in prison. There he is stripped of his rank, but soon after the Russian Civil War starts, and as a result of the Red Terror, the tables are turned.



The film featured a theme song entitled "Out Of The Tempest" which was composed by Edward Grossman and Ted Ward.


The film won the first Academy Award for Production Design along with 1927's The Dove as both were designed by William Cameron Menzies.[5] The award was originally called Best Interior Decoration.

See also


  1. ^ "High Cost Films Displeasing Schenck". Variety. December 28, 1927. p. 8.
  2. ^ "NY Times: Tempest". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2012. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Tempest
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Tempest
  5. ^ "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 19, 2019.