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

I have two left feet.

I think you are too kind.

I could dance all night with you.

In your arms I can forget for a moment

that I am but a slave -

everyone's to command

by the lift of an eyebrow.

Oh, I can't bear to share you

with anyone.

Come to me tonight.

Nothing would give me greater pleasure...

...if the health of my poor widowed mother

would permit it.

You dear, sweet boy.

A bientot, ma belle madonna

de la cafe triste.

Would Madam honour me

with the next dance?


Rudy, I've been thinking about

what you said.

If I leave him, he'll kill me.

He would never dare to touch

the wife of Rudolpho Valentino.

I have considered it -

you must divorce him.

Oh, Rudy, if only I could.

I know he's cheating on me

with every chorine in town,

but anyone crazy enough

to testify against him

is going to end up as a hole

in the East River.

I will testify.

Valentino is not afraid.

That's wonderful of you, Rudy,

but how would you get the dirt on him?

That won't be difficult. I...

No more tea time hops with dagos

for you, baby. Blow, pretty boy.

- The music is not quite over, Signore.

- It is for you, sweetheart.

Now you go straighten up your lipstick

before you're one gimp guinea.

- Jack...

- Shut up, goddamnit!

Waltzing with wops is one thing,

but he's a pansy.

Sir! I'm an artist,

a professional dancer.

You know, I say any guy who dances

with another guy is a powder puff.

- You got that, wop?

- I didn't tell him.

Ah, Billie!

Someone left the stable door open.

Then quit horsing around

with the customers.

You're fired. Get off the floor.

You know,

there ought to be a law

stopping you lounge lizards

from sneaking into this country.

Here, get yourself a bowl of spaghetti.

Let's go.

Let's get out of here.

Hey, waiter!

Show me to the best table.

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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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