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Valentino (1977)

Valentino (1977)





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Rudolph Valentino, born in Italy in 1895 as Alfonzo Raffaele Pierre Philibert Guglielmi, emigrated to the U.S. and became for a time the reigning male romantic lead of the silent-film era. He died in 1926, having led a short, troubled and tempestuous life which included several stints in prison. The crowds surrounding his coffin before and during his funeral were among the largest ever seen in the U.S. In this film, Ken Russell has used events from the famous actor's life as the basis for an extended meditation on the nature of stardom, and especially on what it means to be a sex idol. Beginning and ending with the funeral of Valentino (Rudolf Nureyev), the story chronicles his rise to Hollywood stardom from life as an Italian emigrant dishwasher and show-dancer. Often embroiled in controversies about his manliness (or perceived lack of ), in the film he dies as a result of internal injuries suffered in a boxing match he fought in to defend his honor.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mardik Martin, John Byrum, Ken Russell
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On DVD: Feb 1, 1994
Classic Productions

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Rudolf Nureyev
as Valentino
Leslie Caron
as Nazimova
Michelle Phillips
as Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane
as Fatty Arbuckle's Gir...
Huntz Hall
as Jesse Lasky
Felicity Kendal
as June Mathis
Seymour Cassel
as George Ullman
Peter Vaughan
as Rory O'Neil
David de Keyser
as Joseph Schenck
Alfred Marks
as Richard Rowland
Anton Diffring
as Baron Long
Jennie Linden
as Agnes Ayres
Bill McKinney
as Jail Cop
Don Fellows
as George Melford
John Justin
as Sidney Olcott
Linda Thorson
as Billie Streeter
June Bolton
as Bianca De Saulles
Penny Milford
as Lorna Sinclair
Robin Brent Clarke
as Jack De Saulles
Anthony Dowell
as Vaslav Nijinsky
James Berwick
as Boxing Match Referee
Leland Palmer
as Marjorie Tain
Hal Galili
as Harry Fischbeck
Percy Herbert
as Studio Guard
Penelope Milford
as Lorna Sinclair
Nicolette Marvin
as Marsha Lee
Ken Russell
as Rex Ingram
Mildred Shay
as Lady at Maxim's
Lindsay Kemp
as Angus McBride
Robin Clarke
as Jack De Saulles
Norman Chancer
as (uncredited)
Christine Carlson
as Girl in Tango Sequen...
Rudolf Nureev
as Rudolph Valentino
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Critic Reviews for Valentino

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Delirious biopic on the legendary silent screen star Rudolph Valentino.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Blending fact, fantasy and legend, Ken Russell succeeds more often than he doesn't.

Full Review… | August 24, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Typically raucous Ken Russell biography

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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