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by EMILY WORTH LEIDER

  • Author: EMILY WORTH LEIDER
  • ISBN: 0571218180
  • ISBN13: 978-0571218189
  • ePub: 1527 kb | FB2: 1217 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Arts & Literature
  • Publisher: FABER AND FABER; 1st edition (2003)
  • Pages: 532
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 241
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DARK LOVER. The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino. ePub download

Emily Leider's "Dark Lover" is the definitive book on Rudolph Valentino. Finally, Leider covers Valentino's sudden death and the aftermath

Emily Leider's "Dark Lover" is the definitive book on Rudolph Valentino. It's the only book about him I've read, so I'm probably not qualified to make such a statement, but I'll make it anyway. Finally, Leider covers Valentino's sudden death and the aftermath. clearly visible" (407).

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In this thoughtful 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 the Jazz Age. Valentino’s androgynous. Valentino’s androgynous sexuality was a lightning rod for fiery and contradictory impulses that ran the gamut from swooning adoration to lashing resentment.

It's so intense I couldn't put it down its an addictive read, if anyone is either a fan or admirer of Rudolph Valentino then this is a must have.

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I have read so many books on Rudy Valentino that my first instinct was to pass on this

book by Emily W. Leider. I have read so many books on Rudy Valentino that my first instinct was to pass on this. I was sure no one could do much with the life of an actor who has been dead nearly 77 years.

Leider, Emily W. Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino. Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. p. 7. ISBN 1-84449-430-6. Rudolph Valentino His Romantic Life and Death: His Romantic Life and Death. Kessinger Publishing. New York City, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003. Madsen, Axel (2002). 50. ISBN 1-4179-1464-5.

Emily W Leider tells the story of the master of the silent screen in Dark Lover. Hollywood in the twenties was a playground of bisexuality and fabulous clothes. Leider can't unlock Valentino's psyche, but she squeezes into his wardrobe. She notes the yellow-trimmed dressing-gown and lemon-yellow gloves, describes a photocall in purple pyjamas and leather slippers. When new in Hollywood, he vied for attention in green golf stockings, a Basque beret or a cowboy outfit (plus whip).

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From the author of Becoming Mae West—an in-depth look at the Silver-Screen legend who forever changed America’s idea of the leading manTango pirate, gigolo, powder puff, Adonis—all have been used to describe the silent-film icon known as Rudolph Valentino. From his early days as a taxi dancer in New York City to his near apotheosis as the ultimate Hollywood heartthrob, Rudolph Valentino (often to his distress) occupied a space squarely at the center of controversy. In this thoughtful 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 the Jazz Age. Valentino’s androgynous sexuality was a lightning rod for fiery and contradictory impulses that ran the gamut from swooning adoration to lashing resentment. He was reviled in the press for being too feminine for 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. As the silver screen’s first dark-skinned romantic hero, Valentino helped to redefine and broaden American masculine ideals, ultimately coming to represent a graceful masculinity that trumped the deeply ingrained status quo of how a man could look and act.
Cobandis
Just received my Dark Lover today - of course I didn't read it yet. But I can't wait to start reading it - if the author of Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol (which I have) chose Leider, the author of Dark Lover, to write the forward for her book, that's good enough reason for me to get this one too. There may be tons of books about Rudolph Valentino out there, but if I had to recommend which ones to buy, it would be these two!
Cashoutmaster
This book as been a pleasant surprise. It's very, very interesting and weaves a lot of information regarding the silent film (and entertainment industry in general) with the life of Rudolph Valentino.

The author's writing is very engaging and I appreciate how she'll tell you if she can or cannot verify information she heard about or if there is documentation to support an assumption.

I'm only about 1/2 way through the book, but am really enjoying it. It's been difficult to put down!
Gribandis
After seeing "The Artist" I got very interested in silent movies, and especially interested in the talented and tragic Rudolph Valentino. Emily's book is amazing so wonderfully researched. Of course I had heard of Valentino (my grandmother was a huge fan of his and whenever we'd learn they were showing a film of his somwhere we'd take her). A gifted pianist, she played the piano scores to silent films right into the early 30's at local movie palaces. She readily admitted it was hard to concentrate on playing when he was on the screen. My Nana always maintained Valentino died as a result of having consumed a meal in NYC cooked in aluminum cookware - seriously! Having read "Dark Lover" I think it so sad and awful movies about his life have been so poorly done. Really, what this man managed to accomplish in nine years was more than most can do in nine decades. Excellent read!
Marilore
Emily Leider's "Dark Lover" is the definitive book on Rudolph Valentino. It's the only book about him I've read, so I'm probably not qualified to make such a statement, but I'll make it anyway. This 423-page (514 with appendixes, notes & index) goes into such detail that the silent movie legend really comes to life in the pages. The book follows "Rudy" from his birth as Rudolfo Guglielmi in Castellaneta, Italy to a doctor father who died when he was ten, Rudy's youth as an unsatisfactory student who imagined himself to be of noble ancestry, his failure to get into the military and agriculture, his early years in the U.S. as a "taxi dancer" and "lounge lizard," his testimony at the Blanca de Saulles' divorce hearing, his messy and brief marriage to Jean Acker, his big break in "The Four Horsemen," his life with Natacha Rambova, the big movie hits, his bigamy charge and fight with Famous Players-Lasky, the Mineralava tour, weary comeback in "Monsieur Beaucaire" and "Cobra," his triumph in "The Eagle," the "pink powder puff" attack, his sudden death and riotous aftermath.

Some liberties are taken here--mostly at the beginning of the story where there is, no doubt, fewer sources to which to turn. Does the author really know when the ten day old Rudy's muscles relaxed at his christening (9) or that Valentino couldn't perform sexually with a dancer from Paris's Folies-Bergere (41)? Most speculations are qualified when there is not enough facts to support it, including the homosexual question. Yes, there is gossip here, but such stories are described carefully and often with a degree of skepticism.

I was very impressed with the coverage of Valentino's European vacation with Natacha. So many details are delivered--including Rudolph's reckless driving habits which exasperated Natacha--that it really pulled me into the story. Leider uses her sources (movie magazines, scholarly works, interviews including those conducted by the author, etc.) well.

Another area that impressed me was the background knowledge the author brought to the work. Her understanding of fashion, dance styles, the names and politics of the movie industry during Valentino's time really brings credibility to the book. She even discussed how dancing was regarded in terms of masculinity and attitudes about men taking money from women for dances in the time of Valentino's taxi dancing days (56). Her coverage of Valentino's feature films--including the making of them and how they were received--was also well done.

Finally, Leider covers Valentino's sudden death and the aftermath. Aside from the riots and rude behavior at Valentino's first funeral in New York, the most interesting part of the final chapters was the description of the catalogue advertising the items in the Valentino estate auction and how much some of the items actually got--including a marble sculpture of Valentino's hand with the "broken lifeline on the Buddha-like palm...clearly visible" (407). The fate of the people in Rudolph's life, the search for the next Valentino, and those cast as the great Latin lover in movies about his life end the book. "Dark Lover" was very enjoyable due to the information given and the engaging, sometimes clever, writing style: "Rudy may have been the one dressed for the Arctic [in the film "Unchartered Seas"], but Natacha displayed the icy demeanor" (128). The hard cover version has three sets of black & white glossy photos. Rudolph Valentino was a diva, but he was also-- inside that dark, Latin lover carriage--immature and almost boyish who needed people around him for support and guidance. Many of those people used him for their own greed and that, and his sudden, early death, makes his story, ultimately, a sad one.
Kelerana
Emily Leider's well reseached biography of Valentino is most welcome after a drought of over 20 years since the last good biography. This book is well annotated as to sources and offers many new insights to Valentino's early life as well as his life in New York before he became a star in Hollywood. I think that Valentino himself would welcome this book, he is treated with fairness and a level-headedness and without an agenda, other than telling his story. Leider traveled the globe from Castellaneta to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to search out sources for Valentino and the results in the book show!
An easy read, it was a pure joy and I could scarely put it down. This has my highest recommendation as the Valentino biography to read above all others currently in print (and many of those out of print as well!)
Eyalanev
I just finished "Dark Lover" and I have only one thing to say.....WOW!!! I can honestly say that it is the most thoroughly researched book on Rudy to date, and Emily dug deep to uncover every Valentino morsel that could be found. While there are no "smoking guns" (as some folks had hoped for), it is a treasure trove of incidents, insights, and opinions that previously were overlooked. I found many new details I was unaware of, such as the souvenir coins minted for "The Eagle" or Rudy falling off the stage at the premiere of "Son of the Sheik." Also, that Natacha apparently had an affair at the end of their relationship, or the seriousness of Rudy's relationship with Andre. RV's later years have more depth than ever before, but where Emily really scoops is on Rudy's childhood....peeling away the years like the layers of an onion. One can almost feel the hot, yellow sun beating down on Rudy's back as he plays mischievously in Taranto...

I closed the book with regret that I had no more to read.

Emily, you outdid yourself. Well done!
Stylish Monkey
If you're going to read only one Valentino biography, this is the one to read. Ms. Leider has done her homework and has presented the information without bias or author intrusion. Good enough that I gave it to my husband to read and he read the whole thing.
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