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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.Read more ›
"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"?
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Aug. 17 2002
This is my favorite movie. Valentino acted with vitality and became emotionally sad and angry as needed. Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by Charles Farenga
I am a huge Rudolph Valentino fan. I have been a collector for many years, collecting old Photoplay magazines, photos, tins, postcards, etc. Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by Carolyn Christy
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2001
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2000 by nymph_150
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 morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by Charlotte Harley
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