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Son of the Sheik [Import]

Rudolph Valentino , Vilma Bánky , George Fitzmaurice    VHS Tape
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true legend of the silent screen ... Feb. 1 2003
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"Not east of Suez but south of Algiers" ... with these intertitles abounds one of the greatest legends of the Hollywood that is no more. When one thinks of those times one remembers The Wizard Of Oz, Casablanca ... and those
scenes between Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky in a tent under
the desert sun.
Made in 1926 for United Artists, directed by master director
George Fitzmaurice and destined to even beat the 1921 original
"The Sheik" at the box office, this sequel to the former Valentino classic is in many ways the better of the two films.
Rudolph Valentino has never looked better than in this film, which would ultimately be his last, and Hungarian born Vilma
Banky outshines the original heroine Agnes Ayres from the "The Sheik" as well, together making these film the ultimate love story of the silent film age. Agnes Ayres however also appears in this film as the Sheik`s mother as a tribute to Valentino (his father is played by Rudy as well in a double role). But the movie has more assets to it. It is also more handsomely produced than "The Sheik", it has a far more glossy look with its` bigger budget and excellent art direction (by William Cameron Menzies of "Gone With The Wind"-fame), a slightly better script and it exposes far better the enormous acting range of Rudolph Valentino, who is still seen today only as the great Latin Lover (despite for example also being a great drama actor or comedian). The big difference might also líe in the fact that "The Sheik" was a typical product of the studio system and "The Son Of The Sheik" was made far more independently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VALENTINO'S FINEST FILM. Nov. 11 2002
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Like many classic movie buffs, I often wondered what all the fuss about Rudolph Valention a.k.a. "The Great Lover" was about. The answer lies in watching this mesmorizing film! Really a tongue-cheek examination of his own bigger-than-life personna, the actor magnificently portrays the double role of father and son. As Ahmed, the son, Rudy falls in love with the Hungarian Vilma Banky (as Yasmin), a beautiful dancer. Ahmed later holds the beguiling young woman responsible when he is captured and held for by her roguish father's thieves. When Ahmed's father, the Shiek, intervenes, it is discovered that Yasmin is innocent of betrayal and after some heavy derring-do, there is a happy ending. This fast-paced film from 1926 has lost none of it's charm with the passage of time and proves over and over again that Valentino was without question the least understood and most maligned of all of Hollywood's great stars. He was indeed an enigmatic presence in this film. The photography is ethereal, and the desert looks more enchanting here than in any film, and the chases, rescues and stunts are still wonderful to watch. Valentino would die prematurely at the age of 31 of peritonitis 26 August, 1926. For a great companion piece, watch Valentino's great 1921 hit THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising ! Aug. 17 2002
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On the strength of reading other reviews I held off buying the double DVD..The Sheik/Son of the Sheik and elected to buy KINO's version of Son of the Sheik and I have to say I am not disappointed.The quality of the picture far exceeded my expectations;the clarity is sharp and sound is equally good.Silent films have to rely heavily on emotion and the different moods portrayed by Valentino are startling, Vilma Banky holds her own but it is Valentino's movie; the down side is there are no extras bar chapter listing,it would have been nice but in truth I am not too bothered.I hope KINO issue an equally if not better DVD of The Sheik, look forward to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Son Of The Sheik March 29 2002
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This is my favorite movie. Valentino acted with vitality and became emotionally sad and angry as needed. Although, besieged with the start of his illness, movie magic disguised his worn and inner frustration with his personal life quite well.
Charles Farenga
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rudy masterpiece! March 1 2002
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Watching this film, (beautifully restored by Kino) you can definately see what all the fuss and attention was all about. Rudolph Valentino in my opinion hit his absolute peak in this film, what a tradegy that he died so so after completing it.
"Son of the Sheik" is the definitive silent romantic saga, with a lustful sheik, romance, intrigue, a desert setting. The sort of film not made in these hardened times we now live in.
The film is much more sophisticated and technically superior to Rudy's earler "The Sheik" He has never looked better on screen than in this film and I feel could have continued at least till the end of the silent era in top productions like this.
I strongly recommend those that love romance and the real beauty of silent films to purchase this. It is now a treasured part of my silent film collection along with Ramon Novarro in "Ben - Hur A Tale of Christ" "Show People" and Rudy in "Four Horsemen"
One request now to Kino is" can they now release a properly restored studio copy of Rudolph Valentino in another of his great films "The Eagle"?
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