Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rudolph Valentino

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1926 of silent film star Rudolph Valentino. says,
Rudolph Valentino contrived to be a legend in his lifetime and, thanks to the ministrations of his fans and a life that was both contradictory and confused, he continues as one of the few immediately recognizable giants of the silent screen more than 50 years after his death.

I have blog posts on the following of his films:

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
The Sheik (1921)
Blood and Sand (1922) below

His 1922 film Blood and Sand, in which Valentino plays a tragic bullfighter, is available here at Internet Archive in a "digest version," severely cut and with music and narration added. LikeTelevision has the entire film interrupted by commercials:

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:44 PM

    For some reason, as a child, Valentino's film persona frightened me. Still gives me the shivers a bit.