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The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol

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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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Nov 29, 2007 Graceann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Film Lovers
Shelves: film-history
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.
Aug 23, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
An absorbing look at Valentino from a different perspective. Allan Ellenberger examines the last few eventful days of Valentino's life leading up to his untimely death in 1926. And also, how Valentino's legacy and mystique has endured. An excellent book.
Sep 01, 2008 Greta rated it liked it
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
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Aug 26, 2008 Nancy L. rated it liked it
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.
Nov 16, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it
As the other reviewers have indicated, this is not a in-depth biography of Rudolph Valentino. However, within the scope of its topic, it is comprehensive and well-written.
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