Valentino (1977)




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Ken Russell takes on La-La land in this inflated burlesque of the life of famed silent-film star Rudolph Valentino (Rudolf Nureyev). The film charts the course of Valentino's short life, from his infatuations with Jane Mathis (Felicity Kendal), Alla Nazimova (Leslie Caron), and Natasha Rambova (Michelle Phillips). Valentino touches upon movie-magazine references to Valentino's career. Unfortunately, Russell's style is so overloaded and self-consciously pop culture that the real Valentino is somehow lost in the exaggerated acting and ornate set design. And poor Huntz Hall as movie mogul Jesse Lasky sadly undergoes the indignity of having his big speech drowned out by blaring car horns.
Drama , Romance
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Classic Productions


Rudolf Nureyev
as Valentino
Leslie Caron
as Nazimova
Michelle Phillips
as Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane
as Fatty Arbuckle's Girl
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
Dudley Sutton
as Willie
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
Nicolette Marvin
as Marsha Lee
Penelope Milford
as Lorna Sinclair
Ken Russell
as Rex Ingram
Mildred Shay
as Lady at Maxim's
Lindsay Kemp
as Angus McBride
Robin Clarke
as Jack De Saulles
John Ratzenberger
as Newshound
Norman Chancer
as (uncredited)
Robert Vincent O'Neil
as (uncredited)
Christine Carlson
as Girl in Tango Sequence
Rudolf Nureev
as Rudolph Valentino
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Critic Reviews for Valentino

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Valentino's sometimes controversial rise to the top of the Hollywood A-list provided Russell with a chance to make a Dionysian extravaganza about the new gods of the twentieth century and the industry's salacious early days.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016

...I would never argue that this is a great, or even a good, film. However, it is certainly a Ken Russell film...

Full Review… | January 5, 2016

Delirious biopic on the legendary silent screen star Rudolph Valentino.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Valentino


This movie will be enjoyed by Ken Russell fans only. However, despite the slow pace and over-the-top theatrics -- the film has some pop-culturally significant moments. The now iconic Rudolf Nureyev is captured in all of his beauty and glory. And, it is interesting to see Leslie Caron as Nazimova. Peter Suschitzky served as cinematographer and he does some great early work here. However, by the time this long film comes to its end, you are likely to feel more than a bit cheated of the over two hours the film stole from your life.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

Far from Russell's best, but some inspired moments of madness. The jail scene is classic Russell. Nureyev couldn't act, but he sure could dance. Worth a watch for fans.

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph

It is pretty good movie except all the ham acting. It contains one of the most disturbing nude sex scenes ever along with Lady Frankenstein.

peter hurley
peter hurley

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