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Blu-ray Review - The Sheik

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It's important to watch 1921's "The Sheik" with awareness of its age. It's the film that brought star Rudolph Valentino to stratospheric heights of fame, greatly complicating his burgeoning career with an iconic display of matinee idol charisma. It's also a picture that carries an uneasy appreciation for Stockholm Syndrome-style romance, created during a time when such a union wasn't open season for 1,000 think pieces on big screen sexism. "The Sheik" is period escapism, and it mostly comes together thanks to Valentino and co-star Agnes Ayres, who manage to make a credible connection in a story that needs something a bit more than soapy romanticism to penetrate the senses.  Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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