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Valentino (1977)

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Ken Russell (screenplay), Mardik Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Nureyev ... Rudolph Valentino
Leslie Caron ... Alla Nazimova
Michelle Phillips ... Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane ... Fatty's Girl
Felicity Kendal ... June Mathis
Seymour Cassel ... George Ullman
Peter Vaughan ... Rory O'Neil
Huntz Hall ... Jesse Lasky
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Joseph Schenck
Alfred Marks ... Richard Rowland
Anton Diffring ... Baron Long
Jennie Linden ... Agnes Ayres
William Hootkins ... Mr. Fatty
Bill McKinney ... Jail Cop
Don Fellows ... George Melford
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Storyline

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

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

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Biography | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Valentino See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was released in the same 1977 year as Gene Wilder's The World's Greatest Lover (1977) which was about a neurotic baker who travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Rudolph Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree. Wilder conceived the idea for this movie during late 1975 when Wilder said to his friend, production designer Terence Marsh, that he would like to play Rudolph Valentino's double, with Valentino playing a silent secondary supporting role to his stand-in leading character. Marsh loved the concept and Wilder proceeded to develop the picture. See more »

Quotes

June Mathis: I want you to see him in something romantic. I want you to see him in something dramatic.
Richard Rowland: Honey, I can't offer this guy to a director like Rex Ingram.
June Mathis: He'll bite. Don't you forget. You didn't want Rex either until I sold him to you! Bert. Bert! Can you kill this and run The Married Virgin.
Richard Rowland: Married Virgin? Ha-ha. What I hear of Valentino, it's the perfect casting. Ha-ha-ha. I'm sorry, June. Ha-ha-ha.
June Mathis: Well, at least give him a screen test!
Richard Rowland: It would be a waste of good film stock. Hey, isn't this ...
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Connections

References Salomé (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Powder Puff (The Sheik of Araby)
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Music by Ted Snyder (uncredited)
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9 December 2007 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In Australia in 1977 we were in the boom years and love affair with colour TV. Most cinema releases movies at the box office dropped dead.. and most were very good... or at least interesting.... VALENTINO was one of them. A wildly ambitious and quite well imagined 1920s fiction on Valentino's career and loves, this Ken Russell pic has spectacular imagery and hilarious casting (Huntz Hall as the head of Paramount) but as usual in a Russell film was seriously derailed by grotesque sexual moments. The film has a great sense of time and place and with great female casting, spectacular dance scenes and breathtaking art direction VALENTNO gives the viewer 2 hours of lavish early 20s Hollywood life. Any film with both Carol Kane and Leslie Caron with Nureyev must be seen to be believed anyway. Some cinemas of the time (well, mine anyway) ran it as a double feature with NEW YORK NEW YORK and found the same audience enjoyed both... even if they needed a meal break and a walk around the block to get through this 5 hour musical fruit salad. In the same week we also ran THE WORLD'S GREATEST LOVER which, also with Carol Kane and equally gorgeous 20s visuals missed its mark because of the insufferable antics of Gene Wilder over-eating the whole production. Yes, over-eating. Nobody survived.


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