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Valentino (1977)

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In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. Ballroom dancer Valentino manipulated his good looks and animal-like grace into a Hollywood career. His smouldering love making, tinged with a touch of masterful cruelty, expressed a sexuality which was at once both shocking and sensual. Written by Ørnås

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In life he was a movie star, in death he became a legend.


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ken Russell's Valentino  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Ken Russell plays a director in the film. In his autobiography he explains that the actor who was to play the director was too drunk to work and so Russell played the part himself. Later the actor--who was too drunk to work--filed a complaint and the actors union insisted the scene be re-shot with a "real" actor and union member. This would have been very expensive as the scene involved a battle sequence--but it turned out that Russell who had started as an actor years before he was a director still had an acting union membership--so he was able to pay up his past dues and the scene remained in the film. Russell went to in the later part of his career to play parts in various films for himself and for others. See more »


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One of the most erotic, genuinely honest portrayals I've seen!
13 April 2004 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to have caught the last 2 hours! This film was engrossing from the time I tuned in, until it ended.

His (Nureyev's) portrayal is timeless. The dance scenes are spellbinding. I've wanted to dance - only to pursue other career choices. His subtleties leave you wanting more.

I was very moved by his performance. Michelle Phillips' performance ranks with some of the 'BEST' work seen from her! She deftly embodies a woman who will do whatever it takes to be with and support the man she loves! A rarity these days, she makes it look simple and exudes the on-screen confidence to do just that! Kudos, Michelle!

I was deeply disturbed to learn that he (Nureyev) had died of AIDS. This disease is an equal opportunity destroyer. Just think of what he might have accomplished had he lived...

Nureyev brings passion, delight, and a wide range of emotions to his performance - and should be delighted to know that his work in this piece is truly appreciated!

I am now searching for an unedited copy of the film for my archives.

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