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Valentino | 1977 | Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron,

Ken Russell’s biopic of Rudolph Valentino, one of the silent era’s greats, is not a patch on the numerous biographies with which he made his name in the early 1970s. Told in flashback at Valentino’s funeral, this episodic film manages to hold some interest at least as far as the depiction of his sexual exploits is concerned, but soon even Russell seems to lose interest in his subject. Occasionally it appears that he fell for the legend but was not very interested in the real man he discovered. Nureyev, in his first film, is charismatic as the lead, but the script does him few favours.

cast
Rudolf Nureyev as Rudolph Valentino
Leslie Caron as Alla Nazimova
Michelle Phillips as Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane as Starlet
Felicity Kendal as June Mathis
William Hootkins as Fatty
Seymour Cassel as George Ullman
Peter Vaughan as Rory O’Neil
Huntz Hall as Jesse Lasky
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
Linda Thorson as Billie Streeter
Emily Bolton as Bianca de Saulles
Penelope Milford as Lorna Sinclair
Marcella Markham as Hooker
Leland Palmer as Marjorie Tain
Deirdre Costello as 1st Whore
Diana Weston as 2nd Whore
Percy Herbert as Studio Guard

crew
Art Direction: Philip Harrison
Director Of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Focus Puller: David Wynn-Jones
Costume Design: Shirley Russell
Wardrobe Master: Rebecca Breed
Director: Ken Russell
Continuity: Zelda Barron
Editor: Stuart Baird
Producer: Irwin Winkler
Casting: Maude Spector
Original Music Composer: Stanley Black
Original Music Composer: Ferde Grofé Sr.
Writer: Mardik Martin
Screenplay: Ken Russell

UK, US | 128 minutes | 1977

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