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Valentino (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


Controversial British director Ken Russell (Women in Love, The Devils) tells the story of one of the silver screen’s greatest legends, Rudolf Valentino, in this flamboyant and sexually-charged film.

Starring world-famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as the adored silent screen actor of the early Hollywood age, Valentino explore the star’s humble beginnings as an immigrant in the United States, where he worked for a minimal wage before becoming a New York City gigolo. We then follow him to California, where his good looks allow him to seduce respected actresses. Eventually, his famous lovers help him become a leading man, and he quickly ascends to stardom where he can’t escape the media’s questions about his past and sexuality.

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Special Features

Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
Audio commentary with Tim Lucas
Original TV spots and trailers
Dudley Sutton remembers Ken Russell and filming Valentino (2015, 22 mins)
The Guardian Lecture: Ken Russell in conversation with Derek Malcolm (1988, 90 mins, audio with stills)
Lynn Seymour remembers Rudolf Nureyev (2003, 9 mins, audio with stills)
Tonight: Nureyev on Ken Russell and Valentino (1977, 9 mins)
Stills & Special Collections gallery (2016, 10 mins)
The Funeral of Valentino (1926, 9 mins)
Textless opening and closing credits
Isolated music and effects track
Fully illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays


Bluray, DVD