In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ...
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13 February 1978 (Denmark)
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Also Known As:
O Maior Amante do Mundo
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
This film is supposed to take place in the 1920s silent movie era, yet the movie extras riding in the bus to their location sing-along to "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", a Harry Warren-Al Dubin song written for the 1933 sound film "42nd Street." See more
[Zitz moves to strangle the projectionist in a fit of anger
I'm in the union.
[Zitz restrains himself in time
There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more
Referenced in Role Model: Gene Wilder
Written by Fermo Dante Marchetti
Instrumental version played on the violin in Valentino's tent and at the end See more