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Valentino (1977) ( Ken Russell's Valentino )

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  • Actors: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Seymour Cassel, David de Keyser, Peter Vaughan
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Producers: Valentino (1977) ( Ken Russell's Valentino ), Valentino (1977), Ken Russell's Valentino
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 122.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YMTOF4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Valentino (1977) ( Ken Russell's Valentino )

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anita Mattley on 11 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I thoroughly enjoyed this film - a must for all Nureyev fans.I found his portrayal of Valentino totally believable and just as I imagined Valentino to be. Of course, as a Nureyev fan, I would have loved to see more dancing, but then Valentino wasn't famed for his dancing and it is commendable that the film was not used simply as a vehicle to show Nureyev's undoubted brilliance as a dancer at the expense of the story line. I felt that the film stood up on its own without this, although I confess to re-winding the fabulous tango sequence with Anthony Dowell several times!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2010
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This could be Ken Russell's greatest movie, for the cinema, that is. His television biographies of musicians come into a different category and of these, "Delius, A Song of Summer", is perhaps the finest, containing an unforgettable performance by Max Adrian as Frederick Delius. But "Valentino" is extraordinary both in terms of Russell's genius for finding wonderful locations for his set pieces, such as Bournemouth's Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, and for identifying unexpectedly brilliant players (frequently not professional actors) to take leading roles. As other Amazon reviewers have stated, Nureyev is in a class of his own in this film and despite some problems in convincing us that he is an Italian gigolo - the accent is not very good - in every other respect he is terrific. No-one else could have taken the role and dominated the screen in the way that this unique man does here. Michelle Phillips, again an unexpected but entirely successful choice, plays her part to perfection and complements Nureyev without being in the least bit overshadowed by him.

The weakness (and it is a serious one)is the screenplay, which is episodic and with stilted dialogue. Too many of the lines are merely facts designed presumably to provide the audience of the time with historical background. But taken as a whole however this is a very good movie which offers very beautiful settings, terrific costumes and, in Nureyev's performance, a record of an extraordinary artist.

Russell's greatest movie? No, that's "Billion Dollar Brain", of course!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2012
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Ken Russell could certainly do a period picture. Detail, feel, mood, elegance and style, you name it. In his depiction of 1920's Italian heart throb Hollywood star, Rudolph Valentino, all these key aspects are in place.

Lacking some of the more outrageous flourishes of sexual and violent depravities that marred/enabled (depending on your point of view) many other of Russell's flicks, this is still certificate 18 with some moderately explicit nudity.

The locations are inspired (the desert filming scene is superbly done), such as the Russell Coates Museum in Bournemouth and the dancing and set pieces dazzling and amazing. However, somehow the film doesn't gel as a whole and working out why is near impossible.

Some say that the casting of the Russian ballet icon, Rudolf Nureyev as Valentino to be a major fault, but I disagree. Sure, he's stilted and with the wrong accent, but he absolutely looks the part and with that immensely athletic body of his, well....and the dancing is as you'd expect. As the dashing sheik in the desert, just mentioned, he looks uncannily like the real thing.

Maybe that the film covers a lot of ground and at a full 2 hours, there's a lot of visual information. Sometimes it feels that there isn't the narrative clarity to support all that and we don't always know what is going on. Or, at least I didn't.

The late, great Ken has produced a fine film but one that ultimately doesn't quite work.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. LINDUP on 16 Jun. 2011
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I should say firstly that my interest in this film is more than a passing one. I was in it! OK, not a featured player, I was the young drummer in the orchestra during the boxing-match sequence. This was filmed in the Blackpool Tower Circus in 1976 and, although not a lengthy scene, took 10 days to film. Often for as much as 10 hours per day. Arriving early on the set we were treated to the sight of Nureyev 'limbering-up' with his ballet exercises. Spontaneous applause greeted his impromptu performance. After the passing of 35 years (!) this is still a good film to watch with dazzling visuals and handsome locations. OK, so Rudolph N's thick Russian accent falls short of being authentic, he gives a very workmanlike performance in a film which has been sadly neglected. Sound and picture quality are superb too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam, Charmouth on 28 Feb. 2012
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I purchased this DVD to replace my very old VHS version of "Valentino". I am a great admimirer of the late Rudolf Nureyev and of Ken Russells films. The combination of both to tell the story of Rudolf Valentino during his last 5 years - rise to fame, difficulty in coping with it and untimely and sad death - is amazing. It is not always comfortable to watch being very explicit in parts and brutal in others but overall an engrossing film to watch with great performances from all actors involved. If you enjoy Ken Russell's productions and his dramatic approach then you will want this. However, I must stress that it is not for everybody!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BEZZANTI DARIO on 16 Jan. 2011
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An interesting film on Rodolfo Valentino's life but more important are Ken Russel's talent and Rudolph Nureyev gifted and brilliant. An extraordinary tango with Nijinsky.
It's worthwhile to watch it.
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