Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino

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Rudolph Valentino was the silver-screen legend who for ever changed America's idea of the leading man: a frightened young fellow who became the cinematic sex-god of his day. In this definitive retelling of Valentino's short and tragic life - the first fully documented biography of the star - Emily W. Leider looks at the Great Lover's life and legacy, and explores the events and issues that made him emblematic of his time. Valentino was reviled in the press for being too 'feminine' a man; yet he also brought to the screen the alluring, savage lover who embodied women's darker, forbidden sexual fantasies. In tandem, Leider explores notions of the outsider in American culture as represented by Valentino's experience as an immigrant who became a celebrity: the silver screen's first dark-skinned romantic hero.

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Emily W. Leider is the author of Rapid Eye Movement and Other Poems, California's Daughter: Gertrude Atherton and Her Times, and Becoming Mae West. She also edited Yesterday: The Memoir of a Russian-Jewish Family. She lives in San Francisco.

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Leider exhaustively details the life of one Hollywood's first heartthrobs, who was born Rodolfo Guglielmi in 1895 in Apulia, Italy. After being dismissed from several schools for poor grades, Valentino left for Paris in 1913; months later, he found his way to New York: "unlike most of his emigrating countrymen, he not was escaping chronic family poverty but rather his own track record and the sense of defeat it had helped create." Valentino became a "taxi dancer," teaching society women how to dance, before beginning his career as a film actor. In 1917, fleeing New York to again redefine himself, Valentino went to Los Angeles. Leiter explains, with particulars that greatly inform but sometimes overwhelm, how Valentino-after a disastrous marriage to lesbian actress Jean Acker-landed his first feature in 1921, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. His persona of the smoldering, exotic lover took hold with this film, and later that year with The Son of the Sheik. In 1936, after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis, Valentino died from infection at age 31. Leider subtly discusses Valentino's sexuality without exploiting it, and wonderfully weaves in his voice (in separating himself from Sheik's portrayal of Arabs, Valentino says: "People are not savages because they have dark skins"). Photos.
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