A financial and critical flop, this notoriously inaccurate version of the rise and fall of silent screen star Rudolf Valentino is the one picture Ken Russell said he regretted making (“What idiot made this?”). He called the decision to make it his worst mistake and its costly failure impacted his career for years. Seems in retrospect that a 5 million dollar picture co-starring dancer Rudolf Nureyev (as Valentino) with former Bowery Boy Huntz Hall (as movie pioneer Jesse Lasky) would be headed for trouble, but sometimes that’s the way the tinseltown cookie crumbles.
About Bernard Rose
Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV, shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. He is currently in postproduction on Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist. You can check out his work at bernardrosedirector.com.