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Legendary filmmaker Ken Russell (The Lair of the White Worm, The Devils) directed this flamboyant film fantasia based on the life and untimely death of silent screen legend and most renowned lover, Rudolph Valentino, wonderfully played by the world s most celebrated dancer, Rudolf Nureyev (Nureyev s Don Quixote). Featuring Stunning Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky (Eastern Promises), gorgeous set designs and art direction by Philip Harrison (Mississippi Burning) and beautiful costumes by designer Shirley Russell (Reds). The Stellar cast includes Leslie Caron (Gigi), Michelle Phillips (Dillinger), Carol Kane (Hester Street), Felicity Kendal (Shakespeare-Wallah), Seymour Cassel (Minnie and Moskowitz), Linda Thorson (Tara King of the classic TV show, The Avengers) and Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | "Trailers From Hell" with Bernard Rose | Animated Montage of Behind-the-Scenes Images | Orson Welles Remembers Rudolph Valentino | Trailer For Valentino's Classic "Blood and Sand" | Footage of Valentino's Funeral Procession | Trailer Gallery
Top Customer Reviews
There are tense moments with 'Mama' Michelle Phillips (32 at the time filmed) that captures her and Nureyev completely naked in a 'tongue and Sheik' love scene (truly enjoyable for Phillips fans). The movie has an artistic flair as the costumes and era are captured nicely with the setting and props for the time. There are odd moments of celebrity spot-lighting as in the grand entrance by Leslie Caron into the funeral parlor and a sequence at the producers home and choice of having a baby gorilla in the office.
Overall, I think this film captures the rise and fall of Valentino and his untimely death and the women in his life that knew of his character. Many believe he was a homosexual and maintained lavender relationships...so much could be said for Rudolf Nureyev himself (who died of AIDS in 1993).