The leather is strong and definitely holds up to its price tag, which is a win considering the same cannot always be said for other popular luxury brands. The feet on the bottom are an added bonus, too.
When I purchased the bag, I was given a few metallic studs in the event one falls off. Since then, Valentino has made bags and shoes in a seemingly never-ending series of colors, sizes, shapes, and combinations, all sporting the signature studded look. Go to Neiman Marcus in the U. Honestly, after using it for a few months, I think I would still have been pleased to buy it full price. Medium size tote bags featuring soft lambskin leather never seem to quite go out of style either, and the metallic studs add a chic and edgy touch.
Valentino makes nearly every type of bag in a Rockstud variation. Leslie Caron's nutty interpretation of famed actress Alla Nazimova gets some goosey laughs, and Seymour Cassel is always nice to have around as Valentino's manager, but the lead is too old for his role--and intensely uncharismatic on the screen. Ken Russell, the distinguished English director, gives us his own take on the legend of Rudolph Valentino, the legendary silent star.
This biopic that Mr. Russell has written with Mardick Martin, doesn't deliver the promise of showing the man behind the fame. In a way, this is probably the interpretation of the writers, based on well known facts, no doubt. However, the film that one sees has an amateurish look, that has a lot to do with the casting of the title character: Rudolf Nureyev.
Nureyev was an accomplished dancer. As an actor, either his style is not what one expected, or Mr. Russell's direction to the star was completely wrong. The end result is a picture much too long, but with the usual Ken Russell palette of rich colors and lush scenery. The traditional excesses of the director are present in the film, and while we don't care for this man the way he is presented, one can see Mr.
Russell's exuberance all over the film. One can't help to wonder what picture would have been made with another actor in the title role. The film offers brilliant moments where Ken Russell shines, but the end result is uninteresting. At the end, Valentino, the man, remains an enigma.
With the possible exception of costuming, this film is horrible. Another example of director Russell laughing at the audiences who pay to watch his over-blown crap. The acting is mostly overacting, no doubt encouraged by Russell, who presents a film of caricatures.
Swarzenegger playing Hamlet would be nearly as good as Nureyev playing Valentino. He has a physical presence, but he cannot act. Michelle Phillips and the others fall prey to Russell's misguided exhortations to act as if they are on stage, aiming for the back balcony. Huntz Hall is mere stunt casting.
The script is abominable. The story bears no resemblance to the actual life of Valentino or reality, in general. The viewer should remember that Russell was a fan of Warhol and Fellini.
It would be fair to call this one of his Campbell Soup Can films. This film is craftsmanship adulterated by what must be a sick view of the world masquerading as art. Ken Rusell Kirpianuscus 29 September Spectacular costuming. Exotic furnishings. I thought Nureyev could only dance ballet. Here, he also tap dances. He does the tango. I am amazed. Rudolf and Rudolph. Both were dancers. Their names were almost alike. Leslie Caron did a great job. I enjoyed seeing her. Her character was campy and over the top.
This was historically the early Roaring 20s, a post-World War One flashy era of excess and stereotypical abandonment of traditional moral values. There was a hedonism that was expressed on the silent screen. People were tired about hearing about the fighting and killing of the wartime battlefields. There were film stars, fan clubs and exotic mansions. There were scandals and movie deals. There was heartbreak. There were competition and jealousy. There were short, abbreviated film careers.
Not a lot of actors lived to what we would call retirement age. Many characters in this film were based on real people. Many scenes were vignettes taken from Valentino's real life. Would these have had sound film careers? Would Valentino? Maybe their squeaky voices would never have made it. Why was it that the sound film debut occurred only two years before the Stock Market Crash and ensuing Great Depression, sending film studios and actors almost to the proverbial bread lines?
Early s actors' excesses could no longer be economically feasible. Weren't a lot of them broke, by that time? I am a degreed historian, actress, singer, dancer, film critic and movie reviewer. B24 2 January Here is an example of production values so vastly above the content of the script or the acting that it simply boggles the mind. Even the lush score is full of howlers, like using Ferde Grofe's sunset movement from the "Grand Canyon Suite" as background for love scenes.
And anyone who remembers Huntz Hall from his slapstick days can't possibly believe him as a serious movie mogul. The casting of Nureyev as Valentino is ludicrous. The only things they had in common other than being able to dance splendidly were the same first name and having died young after a life of excess.
But it is the truly awful script that really does this one in. One clinker after another, delivered in Russian-accented English often accompanied by exaggerated Italian-sounding intonations. Believability at zero. Indeed, one viewer hit this one on the shining nose when he suggested it might best be viewed with the sound off. Sort of art imitating art. What a shame the truly beautiful visuals of this film were so mistreated by the words.
There are two basic problems with this film: First, Rudolph Valentino may have been incredibly sexy on screen woo-hoo! Second, he Rudolf Nureyev isn't a good enough actor to make him interesting. Russell tries to work around these basic problems by including lots of 's Hollywood excess and decadence, and as much sex and violence as he could fit in, all in amazing period clothes, but it's not enough.
It's a gorgeous film to look at, the screen glitters with light and color and glamour, and some of the scenes are stunning enough to keep you watching. My favorites are the dance sequences, Valentino was a dancer and the slinky, sexy Nureyev does several dazzling tango numbers.
I recommend this film to any serious balletomane for that reason It's when he has to talk that the film runs into trouble, and since he's the entire film, it's major trouble.
Nureyev's English was never that good, and he either stumbles over his lines or spits them out at top Russian speed. His body is expressive, but his face is not, which is typical of dancers whose faces aren't clearly seen by the audiences, and who are mainly concerned with not panting visibly.
But the problem that could probably never be overcome is that the characters aren't very sympathetic or interesting. Valentino spent his short career as a passive pawn of the studios, his bitch wife Natasha Rambova snippily played by the bland Michelle Phillips , and diva actor-director Alla Nazimova Leslie Caron gnawing on the scenery. The script tries to build some regular-Joe-who-never-wanted-to-be-a-star sympathy for him, which somehow makes him less worthy of this kind of attention. No, Valentino was an astonishing stud on screen and a wuss off, the only compelling thing about him are the performances he left.
Better to get a tape of "The Sheik" than to watch this. The movie is utter trash! Valentino Monogram Hobo with Charm. Valentino bow vintage bag divine metallic pink. Valentino Vintage Shoulder Bag. Valentino vintage.
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