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Blu-ray Review - Valentino


To put Ken Russell in charge of anyone's life story is asking for trouble. The notoriously mischievous director, a man who asked Ann-Margret to roll around in a pile of baked beans for "Tommy," takes on the legend of silent movie star Rudolph Valentino, trying to remain somewhat respectful for as long as possible, easing mass consumption of the 1977 picture. However, it doesn't take long before Russell's instincts are unleashed, transforming an admittedly odd viewing experience into a fantasia of elaborate sets, costumes, and old Hollywood personalities. "Valentino," which isn't entirely rooted in truth, is difficult to digest, with terrible performances and general storytelling indecision hobbling the extravaganza, but with a mute button handy, Russell's visuals do stand out, permitting viewers a chance to explore his unique creative approach, even when it's all wrong for the project. Read the rest at


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