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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 »

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Airs Fri. Jun. 30, 5:15 AM on TCM

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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Nureyev is Valentino See more »

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Biography | Drama

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4 October 1977 (UK)  »

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Валентино  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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"The film topped the British box-office for two weeks, but was not a hit in America" according to website Wikipedia. See more »

Quotes

Billie Streeter: [Talking on the phone to Jack de Saulles] Ha-ha-ha. If you could have just seen him tripping the light fantastic with that ballet dancer, you'd a gone bananas! Talk about dancing the Suger Plum Fairy.
Jack de Saulles: Bianca was dancing with a fairy?
Billie Streeter: No. She didn't dance with the fairy, I'm talking about Valentino.
Jack de Saulles: Well, how'd they look?
Billie Streeter: They looked as though they were crazy about one another.
Jack de Saulles: Valentino and the fairy?
Billie Streeter: No. Not Valentino and the fairy. Valentino and your wife.
Jack de Saulles: Oh, for Christ, do you think they go ...
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References Salomé (1922) See more »

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El Choco
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Arranged and adapted by Stanley Black
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One of the most erotic, genuinely honest portrayals I've seen!
13 April 2004 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See 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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