Spoilers. Observations. Opinions. Spectacular. Spectacular costuming. Exotic furnishings. I thought Nureyev could only dance ballet. Here, he also tap dances. He does the tango. I am amazed. Rudolf and Rudolph. Both were dancers. Their names were almost alike. Leslie Caron did a great job. I enjoyed seeing her. Her character was campy and over the top. This was historically the early Roaring 20s, a post-World War One flashy era of excess and stereotypical abandonment of traditional moral values. There was a hedonism that was expressed on the silent screen. People were tired about hearing about the fighting and killing of the wartime battlefields. There were film stars, fan clubs and exotic mansions. There were scandals and movie deals. There was heartbreak. There were competition and jealousy. There were short, abbreviated film careers. Not a lot of actors lived to what we would call retirement age. Many characters in this film were based on real people. Many scenes were vignettes taken from Valentino's real life. Would these have had sound film careers? Would Valentino? Maybe their squeaky voices would never have made it. Why was it that the 1927 sound film debut occurred only two years before the 1929 Stock Market Crash and ensuing Great Depression, sending film studios and actors almost to the proverbial bread lines? Early 1920s actors' excesses could no longer be economically feasible. Weren't a lot of them broke, by that time? I am a degreed historian, actress, singer, dancer, film critic and movie reviewer.
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
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. ...
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April 9, 2019