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Regarding VALENTINO . . .


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Although there might be some speculation that the character Kane played was based on a real actress in silent films, it?s actually a composite of several women that were in Valentino?s life. He had numerous relationships with various women throughout his career, even after his marriage to Rambova, he never really stopped messing around. There has never been a definitive, reasonably believable film biography on Valentino?s life. He remains a legend of the 20th Century, shrouded in so much necromancy.

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All I can say is that the 1977 VALENTINO Bio-Pic, has to rank pretty high among the worst films that I have ever seen. I can't believe how truly awful that it was. It seemed to be played entirely for laughs, and those laughs were in appallingly poor taste. Portions of the film are almost Pornographic in nature too. I heard this wasn't very good, but that was being extremely generous! I am shocked how miserable of a film it was. Virtually un-watchable. Can't imagine anyone actually liking this movie. TCM has rarely showed anything this sick and morbid before. So just who was that sluty Sex-Crazed actress supposed to be from MOUSIER BEAUCAIRE? Not Lois Wilson or Bebe Daniels was it? Oh, Good Lord!

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Typical Ken Russell....


The film was a visual feast.


I assumed Carol Kane was playing Mabel Normand since she was associated with Arbuckle but who knows.


While Russell touches on many true events in Valentino's life (and death), there are a lot of purposeful inaccuracies (but why?) including having Nazimova rather than Pola Negri turning the funeral into a media event. Negri was still alive when this film was made so maybe that was why....


Aside from the flamboyance, which can be fun, what I found most disturbing was the prolonged boxing scene.... any truth to this sad event?

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