April 21, 2009

42. The Sheik (1921)

My first Valentino film. I had some expectations on what he'd be like on screen, but he was quite different. Throughout the years I've heard about him being The Sex Symbol, but when I saw him I got the same feeling that I did when I saw Mr Fairbanks Sr. in The Thief of Bagdad : he came across as a brotherly dude. These two men and William Haines fall into the big brother category in my book. Which is good.
The film was a bit too schmaltzy for my liking, but then again it wasn't supposed to be anything dramatic or superbly heavy in the first place.

The legendary Rudolph Valentino, 26 - that cat owned the screen the second he appeared on it

Agnes Ayres (23) as Lady Diana Mayo, with a suitor. Her acting was quite dull, and I'm sorry to say something as nasty as that but that's the truth.

the scenes with a lot of horses were grand

oh, cheeky !

"charming" boy ?

I was damn impressed with Adolphe Menjou, 31. He was CHARMING.

Oh my.

Coolness prevails.

What a dress...

They certainly don't make them like that anymore.

Directed by George Melford

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I just found your blog while searching for screencaps since I'm reading Hull's novel now - and thoroughly enjoying the heck out of it, btw! I love the bodice rippers from the 1970s and 80s, and this book is definitely the grandmother of them. So many similarities. The movie is actually pretty tamed down from it.


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