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The Sheik

The Sheik (1921)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1921 Wide

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This romantic costumed adventure is the film that cemented Rudolph Valentino's reputation as a legendary screen lover. Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino) takes Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayers) to his camp when he finds the beauty in the desert. Although drawn to the Sheik, Lady Diana is able to resist his amorous advances. When his former French school chum Raoul de Saint Herbert (Adolphe Menjou) convinces him to let Diana go free, she is kidnapped by the villainous Omair (Walter Long), who

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Edith Maude Hull, Monte M. Katterjohn

May 28, 1992

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Landmark film that was never all that hot with a solution so jaw-droppingly racist that it's hard to believe.

September 4, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's one of those films that should be seen by film buffs and those interested in films as history.

April 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A predictable romance drama, with some adventure. It's pretty good, but the ending was bad if you ask me, I didn't care for it, it was silly.
January 3, 2011
ajv2688

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Agnes Ayres as Diana Mayo was introduced as an adventurous Englishwoman, but in reality she spends most of the time cowering in cliched leading lady fashion. She thinks Rudolph Valentino's Sheik Ahmed is a savage as well as the whole Middle Eastern culture, and she is terrified of hoards of Arabians on horses. Not really up for trying new things. Ahmed may be handsome and have a Paris education (with a French butler and best friend who is a French novelist), but the fact remains that he does kidnap Diana, hold her against her will, and almost rapes her. St. Hubert (Menjou), the novelist, helps to awake Ahmed's conscience. A bandit is introduced who equally wants to take the Englishwoman as property, but who is presented as more brutal and therefore the worse of the two options. Through a bit of romantic fantasy and psychological delusion, Diana begins to fall in love with her captor. Despite the lavish sand dunes, set decorations, and costumes, it really is a racist kind of story with a romance that shouldn't happen. In the end, we find out The Sheik's surprise background and this is supposed to ease further objections. Sorry.
July 23, 2013
hypathio7

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Rudolf Valentino died at the age of 31, he became a greater star than ever--or rather, something greater still than a star, a cult. There's no one quite like him for whispering sweet, silent nothings into his heroine's ears, or blowing smoke rings...

As for the film The Sheik (directed, for the record, by George Melford), it proved nearly as much of a sensation as its star's subsequent funeral. Droves of women spectators swooned in the aisles and Arab motifs became a filmic fad for several years to come. So very successful was it, in fact, it spawned a sequel, Valentino's last film, The Son of the Sheik.
September 2, 2009
merlynsprankling
Cinema Films

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Overall I liked it, I thought that some of the scene ran long. I was like a 'Beauty and The Beast" story. I could see why women loved Valentino, he's pretty hot in this film.
February 6, 2009
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