Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Ken Russell
Production: Classic Productions
  Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

'For Christ, do you think

they go to bed together?'

No, I don't think they do. I think

the hottest they ever get's holding hands

while he gives her private lessons

on my dancefloor.

They don't call him Saint Rudolfo

for nothing.

- 'All right, listen, I'll be down there later.'

- Yeah, I'll see you later.

- 'Hey...'

- Mmh?

- 'You keep it warm for me, toots.'

- Yeah.

Yeah, I'm keeping it warm.

Good afternoon, Miss Billie.

OK, fellas.

Straighten up, you look like

the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

- What happened to you?

- You sent me for a haircut, Miss Billie.

Not to Alcatraz, I didn't.

- Biting your nails again, Frederico?

- Sorry, Miss Billie.

Keep that up, and I'll put you

in a straightjacket,

- Ah, snow in mid-summer.

- I'm getting it treated, Miss Billie.

Poached or sunny side up?

Who for Christ's sake are you?

I'm Jimmy Grimaldi, the replacement

from the agency, Miss Billie.

Oh, you are, are you? Well, you'd better

get some polish on your shoes, Jimmy,

otherwise you'll end up shining

other people's - just like your predecessor.

I'll try a new cream, Miss Billie.

Ain't they never heard of spit

where you people come from?

The only one to cut any ice

out of the whole bunch of you

is Saint Rudolpho here.

Even though he does act

as though he owned the joint.

But I was giving a private lesson,

Miss Billie.

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.

And while we're at it,

don't go welshing on the tips, Jimmy.

It's fifty-fifty, and anybody

who forgets that is fired.

And for Christ's sake smile!

I've seen better line-ups

in the police gazette.

(# Orchestra strikes up)

You dance divinely.

Only with you. With everyone else

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Ken Russell

Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was an English film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. His films in the main were liberal adaptations of existing texts, or biographies, notably of composers of the Romantic era. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he made creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. He also directed many feature films independently and for studios. He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980). Russell also directed several films based on the lives of classical music composers, such as Elgar, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Liszt.Film critic Mark Kermode, speaking in 2006, and attempting to sum up the director's achievement, called Russell, "somebody who proved that British cinema didn't have to be about kitchen-sink realism—it could be every bit as flamboyant as Fellini. Later in his life he turned to making low-budget experimental films such as Lion's Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and 'out there' as ever".Critics have accused him of being obsessed with sexuality and the Catholic Church. more…

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