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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.

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The January-February 1977 edition of Australian 'Movie News' magazine stated this " . . . movie about a great Hollywood idol [Rudolph Valentino] has been shot mostly in Britain and Europe [and not Tinseltown], with a Russian ballet dancer [Rudolf Nureyev] in the title role [of Rudolph Valentino], French and American leading ladies [Leslie Caron and Michelle Phillips respectively], and a British director [Ken Russell!]". See more »

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Jesse Lasky: If you ever want a job as a slave girl, just give me a ring.
Natasha Rambova: Fine. If you ever want to learn how to run a studio, just give me one.
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References Salomé (1922) See more »

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New Star in Heaven Tonight
Sung by Richard Day-Lewis
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan, Irving Mills (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
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Rudolph Nureyev going immortal with Rudolph Valentino.
18 March 2015 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This was to me a most impressing surprise, a fantastic film of multiple aspects and observations of the very bizarre world of Hollywood when it was still all experiments, with Rudolph Nureyev accomplishing an astonishing stardom in convincingly impersonating Rudolph Valentino, while all the dancing scenes naturally remain the chief asset of this phantasmagorical fireworks of a film, with both plenty of humor, mainly hilariously ironic, virtuoso caricature scenes, a great deal of romance and passion going to extremes, with Leslie Caron excelling and actually outshining the leading lady Michelle Phillips, with also some very revolting scenes, especially the nightmare at the prison and the grotesque abominability of Peter Vaughan, with splendid music all the way; but in spite of the wild caricaturizing throughout the film, it gives a rather convincing and even realistic picture of Hollywood in the 20s, and the portrait of Rudolph Valentino in all his complexities, building up towards an apotheosis of a finale, when he actually succeeds in crowning his life with happiness and success after all and dying the more triumphant for his shortcomings, could hardly have been made more colorful, dramatic and interesting. Perhaps the best scene of all, and the most baroque, is the grotesque recreation of the case of Fatty Arbuckle.


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