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Son of the Sheik [Import]

Rudolph Valentino , Vilma Bánky , George Fitzmaurice    VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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 A Rudy masterpiece! Feb. 28 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Package of Romance and Fantasy! Feb. 25 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I had watched "Camille" and "Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse" only because I had never seen a Rudolph Valentino film and was curious to see what all the fuss has been about. Now I know. I purchased "The Son of the Sheik" and, after seeing it several times, am captivated by his charisma just like thousands before me through the years. Of course, it is a bit corny and several parts are in such fast motion that they are comical; but, if accepted for the fantasy that it is, it is a truly beautiful, sexy romance. I've seen many reviews in which his facial expressions are thought to be comical; but, for the most part, I was mesmerized by the sexual tension that came across in those georgeos eyes! When he first brings his dancing girl to his camp and lights his cigarette and slowly takes off his belt while watching her over his shoulder with that smoldering stare, I actually felt fluttery and would have loved to have been that girl! I have not, personally, seen any male heart-throb since Valentino, to the present day, come even close to rivaling his natural ability to project such sensuality on screen. And that raised eyebrow! Whew! I have now purchased "The Sheik" to see where the story all began. Can't wait to get carried away again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising !
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Son Of The Sheik
This is my favorite movie. Valentino acted with vitality and became emotionally sad and angry as needed. Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by Charles Farenga
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Rudolph Valentino . . . . . .
I am a huge Rudolph Valentino fan. I have been a collector for many years, collecting old Photoplay magazines, photos, tins, postcards, etc. Read more
Published on June 23 2001 by Carolyn Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film!
This is another good film Rudolph Valentino fans will surely enjoy. In this film he plays a dual role, that of father and son. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Romantic!
A very romantic movie starring one of the biggest idols of the century, Rudolph Valentino. This is a better film then The Sheik both for its plot and its cinematography. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000 by nymph_150
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.....
Generations removed from today's technology and special effects, this movie would seem amateurish to most people. Looking at those eyes of Valentino, I found it stunning. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2000 by Charlotte Harley
4.0 out of 5 stars Important movie in butchered edition
This is the famous sequel to "The Sheik" (1921); it was Valentino's biggest box-office hit and was in many respects superior to the original. Read more
Published on June 24 2000 by D. Rodrigues
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