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Valentino (1977)

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 »

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 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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When Valentino Dances...He DANCES! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Валентино See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The film topped the British box-office for two weeks, but was not a hit in America" according to website Wikipedia. See more »

Quotes

Rudolph Valentino: Now, I must go back inside there or forever lose my self respect.
Natasha Rambova: Self respect? I'd call it vanity. But, if you really want to win the respect of the crew, you better screw that little whore, Lorna! And make sure everybody knows about it!
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Connections

References The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Ken Rusell
29 September 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

like each of his films, it is a demystify. precise, ironic, seductive in a special way, provocative. the first challenge - Nureyeev in the lead role. using his talent and art and body. for give the portrait of a world more than the portrait of a man. because it is a film about media and Hollywood and idols and sparkles. about image. and, sure, about glory , success and its large cages. so, a Ken Rusell film. and, maybe, nothing more.


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