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Trailers from Hell: Bernard Rose on Ken Russell's "Valentino"

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 30, 2012 at 6:27PM

This week's Trailers from Hell features director Bernard Rose discussing Ken Russell's "Valentino." Here's the official write-up:
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Valentino

This week's Trailers from Hell features director Bernard Rose discussing Ken Russell's "Valentino."  Here's the official write-up:
 

"A financial and critical flop, this notoriously inaccurate version of the rise and fall of silent screen star Rudolf Valentino is the one picture Ken Russell said he regretted making ("What idiot made this?").  He called the decision to make it his worst mistake and its costly failure impacted his career for years. Seems in retrospect that a 5 million dollar picture co-starring dancer Rudolf Nureyev (as Valentino) with former Bowery Boy Huntz Hall (as movie pioneer Jesse Lasky) would be headed for trouble, but sometimes that's the way the tinseltown cookie crumbles."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.