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Rudolph Valentino on an advertisement poster for the film 'The Son of the Sheik' USA

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Rudolph Valentino in the film 'Blood and Sand' USA

The Sheik Review


Good
The handsome lad in the desert is Rudolph Valentino, the Affleck of his era and certainly a heartthrob no matter the decade. Notable mainly for Valentino's appearance, The Sheik still stands as one of the most epic silent films ever made, with a cast of thousands (well, hundreds, at least) on camelback, riding through a real desert and waging a large-scale war in the name of love. The main love story is typical of silents but its scope still stands out over 80 years after its original release. Film buffs positively must see it. Followed by Son of the Sheik.

The Son of the Sheik Review


Weak
Valentino's final film, at the age of 31, finished right before he died of a perforated ulcer. Valentino takes two roles in this sequel, again as the desert prince and his father as well (the original Sheik). Unfortunately, like sequels today, The Son of the Sheik is clearly a financial endeavor over a creative one. The story adds nothing over the original (the emphasis being on goofy humor) and the spectacle isn't even as grand, with much of the movie shot indoors instead of on the glorious sands of the desert.

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