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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Rudolph ValentinoRUDOLPH VALENTINO (1895-1926), born Rodolfo Alfonzo Raffaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla, was the original "Latin Lover" of the silent screen and became a true sensation. At his death from a perforated ulcer thousands of women flooded the street in front of the funeral home and some reportedly attempted suicide. Forgotten today amongst all the sensationalism is the fact that Valentino was a fine actor and would most likely have made the transition to sound films.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Haven't you seen The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)? Valentino had been featured in a number of films before, but this film propelled him into stardom and made the Tango a national craze.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Sheik (1921) Most often seen today, this is an enjoyable melodrama set in the sands of Araby. Fluff, but fun.
Blood And Sand (1922) Tragic tale of the rise and fall of a matador. Remade 20 years later with Tyrone Power.
Monsieur Beaucaire (1929) Period film set before the French Revolution. Remade with Bob Hope. (Bob Hope???)
Son Of The Sheik (1926) Valentino's final film and a rousing end to a career it proved to be. A lot of fun.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Mon, Jun 17 2002 / 19:05:42 PST