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Valentino (1977)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 October 1977 (UK)
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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. ... See full summary »

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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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Trivia

A major piece of advertising art (a shot of Nureyev embracing Michelle Phillips) had to be retouched in mid-campaign after someone noticed he was wearing a trendy Seventies tank watch that didn't exist in the Twenties - a mistake clumsily corrected by airbrushing out the chunk of his wrist bearing anachronistic timepiece. See more »

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Baron Long: Here's your table, Fatty.
Fatty: Mr. Fatty!
Baron Long: Mr. Fatty.
Fatty: Ha-ha-ha. Put 'er there, Baron.
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References What Price Beauty? (1925) See more »

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The Sheik of Araby
Sung by Chris Ellis
Words of parody by Ken Russell
Music by Ted Snyder (uncredited)
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler (uncredited)
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I just recently bought this movie and can't stop watching it
7 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From start I knew this would be a great movie. I was very pleased with how the beginning was done. You're able to see newspaper articles telling you how Valentino died. Then you see real footage of people causing a riot as they try to break into where Valentino's body is. The footage is in black and white and then it turns to color. That was very well done too. How they were able to reenact the real footage. The song they also play in the beginning was a great song.

I thought the acting in this movie would be terrible, especially by Rudolf Nureyev. He turned out to be a very good actor in the movie. He was also very good in the dance scenes. I never found anything in this movie to displease me. However, there was one scene with Valentino and an actress from one of his movies he is working on that I thought was unnecessary. The scene comes right after one of the light technicians drops a pink powder puff on him. He has to sleep with the actress to prove he isn't a pink powder puff. Then later in the movie came a boxing scene were Rudolph Valentino wanted to prove his manhood. That was a very good scene. I think the point were I really started to like the movie was when Valentino was riding home with his dog. Who better then to do a biopic on Rudolph Valentino? This is a great movie with great acting, writing and direction.

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