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Valentino (1977)

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Ken Russell (screenplay), Mardik Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Nureyev ... Rudolph Valentino
Leslie Caron ... Alla Nazimova
Michelle Phillips ... Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane ... Fatty's Girl
Felicity Kendal ... June Mathis
Seymour Cassel ... George Ullman
Peter Vaughan ... Rory O'Neil
Huntz Hall ... Jesse Lasky
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Joseph Schenck
Alfred Marks ... Richard Rowland
Anton Diffring ... Baron Long
Jennie Linden ... Agnes Ayres
William Hootkins ... Mr. Fatty
Bill McKinney ... Jail Cop
Don Fellows ... George Melford
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Storyline

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. Ballroom dancer Valentino manipulated his good looks and animal-like grace into a Hollywood career. His smouldering love making, tinged with a touch of masterful cruelty, expressed a sexuality which was at once both shocking and sensual. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

When Valentino Dances...He DANCES! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Валентино See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was a critical and commercial failure at the global international box-office. See more »

Quotes

Rudolph Valentino: I was giving a private lesson, Miss Billie.
Billie Streeter: You give too many private lessons. Lay off the de Saulles dame. Circulate more, baby. Give some of the older broads a whirl. They tip better.
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Connections

References Камилла (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Powder Puff (The Sheik of Araby)
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Music by Ted Snyder (uncredited)
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One of the most erotic, genuinely honest portrayals I've seen!
13 April 2004 | by lujack1See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to have caught the last 2 hours! This film was engrossing from the time I tuned in, until it ended.

His (Nureyev's) portrayal is timeless. The dance scenes are spellbinding. I've wanted to dance - only to pursue other career choices. His subtleties leave you wanting more.

I was very moved by his performance. Michelle Phillips' performance ranks with some of the 'BEST' work seen from her! She deftly embodies a woman who will do whatever it takes to be with and support the man she loves! A rarity these days, she makes it look simple and exudes the on-screen confidence to do just that! Kudos, Michelle!

I was deeply disturbed to learn that he (Nureyev) had died of AIDS. This disease is an equal opportunity destroyer. Just think of what he might have accomplished had he lived...

Nureyev brings passion, delight, and a wide range of emotions to his performance - and should be delighted to know that his work in this piece is truly appreciated!

I am now searching for an unedited copy of the film for my archives.


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