Valentino

1977

Valentino

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Average Rating: 3/5

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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.

Cast

Rudolf Nureev
as Rudolph 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
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
Ken Russell
as Rex Ingram
Nicolette Marvin
as Marsha Lee
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 Sequence
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Critic Reviews for Valentino

All Critics (7)

The faults in this film are endless, and most of the dialogue comes off like a high school parody of what Valentino might have been like. But for all its repellent aspects, there is something fascinating about Valentino.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Delirious biopic on the legendary silent screen star Rudolph Valentino.

Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Aug 24, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Typically raucous Ken Russell biography

Jan 1, 2000

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