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The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol
by Allan R. Ellenberger (Goodreads Author)
The circumstances surrounding the death of legendary star Rudolph Valentino have been a constant source of fascination for admirers worldwide. This work examines every aspect of his passing, analyzing the circumstances and gathering information into one convenient source for the Valentino scholar and enthusiast. The first part examines every moment of the last days of Rudo ...more
Published January 1st 2005 by McFarland & Company
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Allan Ellenberger explores Valentino from a different angle - the emphasis here is on the Shiek's last days, the furor surrounding his funeral, and the way in which he is remembered today (most notably with the annual memorial service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery). Very interesting reading.
Full of details on the last couple of weeks of Valentino’s life, text of his will and estate papers, and guests at his funerals. All sorts of odds and ends, copiously footnoted. In reply to Nancy's review, i would have found this book disappointing if it were the only book on Valentino. But since there is so much out there (of varying quality), i thought it filled a unique niche (and helps show up those authors who are totally lying!). For me it had some useful information about Norma Talmadge. ...more
I'm glad to know there are others out there who get obsessed with a particular event in the past and even gladder that they can get book contracts. That said, this book felt padded - long appendices with wills and lists of property and the like only added to that impression. Instead of explaining why this cultural phenomenon happened, the author is content instead to merely recite various events that happened in the course of Valentino's death and burial.