Tuesday, July 13, 2021

An Artful Dodge

Of all the good and bad bandied about in discussions about Rudolph Valentino, would his clever tactfulness with the press be considered good or bad? I guess in this one instance, (see below) if you were Pola Negri it would not be optimal.

Valentino had an interesting rapport with the press I think. And sometimes I wonder if even half of what is attributed to him by the press was true. I was once interviewed for a show I worked on and was blown away reading the article. The free-wheeling reporter put a lot of words in my mouth which I never said and it made me cynical about news coverage ever since.

Was Rudolph Valentino an artful dodger and distracting a reporter with some witty banter? (see below) Or was this the truth? Here he is flanked by his manager Ullman and United Artist's publicity head Charles Moyer and I wonder if this was a talking point agreed upon. How free was Valentino to speak his mind?



11 comments:

  1. I believe Valentino was issuing a "damned if I do, damned if I don't" declaration. At this point, he was probably very weary of the questions about Negri. It sounds to me as if he is letting his true feelings surface. And his activities in New York those last two weeks of his life, squiring the beautiful Marian Benda about town, prove that marriage with Negri was not on his mind.

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    1. Yes. And during the last week of his life, he and Natacha reconciled and this was reported by multiple witnesses in New York and in France at the Hudnut chateau. He died with Natacha's cablegrams under his pillow. She had a nervous breakdown upon hearing he died. Theirs was the true love. There was no future at all with him for Negri and I think she deserved the criticism for exploiting the situation.

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  2. Negri may have pumped up Valentino’s ego when he needed it, but more than anything, she appears to have exhausted him with her histrionics. He’d had his fill of her by the time of the Mae Murray wedding photos, where Valentino appears spent and mirthless, despite his faint smile. He would never have been serious about such a woman.

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    1. You are so right. He does look spent and mirthless in those photos. I've thought to myself that he does not look very happy in them.

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  3. Seems like she was just someone that was convenient for him when he lost Natacha. He needed her and she lent him money. He probably really cared for her but she was more or less a plaything while he eased his sorrow. Do you agree?

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  4. I have "read" (meaning listening to the audiobook on the internet arhive) Pola Negri's autobiography and honestly I became quite sympathetic towards her. I believe she was used by many Men în her life and all she wanted was to be lived like all of us. By all accounts, I do believe Rudy did not intend to marry her, rather use her to boost his ego and to make Natacha jealous. I also believe that he did lead her on, making her believe he loved her (as I said before, he was no Angel either). Basically, he cheated on her and of course she became resenful and spiteful. Thats why I believe IT says în Natacha's 2nd part of The book "Revelations", that Rudy supposedly asks for Pola's forgiveness for The grief he caused her. I dont think Pola should be The "bad Guy" în this story. I feel rather sorry for her, she hoped she Will marry The man she loved. She probably just didnt want to accept The truth, that Rudy was still very much în love with Natacha as he confessed to Adela Rogers St. Jones just days before his death. I think he was suffering, but also inflicted suffering în others.

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    1. Apparently, Valentino and Negri did not have the "understanding" between them that Negri and certain Negri fans want us to believe. Rudy seemed to have no guilty qualms about seeing other women at the same time he was dating Negri. Negri also was getting very friendly with Serge Mdivani, the man she would eventually marry. By the time Rudy got to New York in those last weeks, it was obvious to those around him, particularly George Ullman, that he and Negri were quarreling and not on the best of terms. While I can understand her being a little hopeful about a future marriage with Valentino, there is no evidence he deliberately led her on.

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    2. He did not have" guilty qualms" about cheating on The love of his life, Natacha either (there îs enough evidence for that too) .I really think he could not stau faithful to just one woman, even if he did love her, being well aware of The fact that maybe millions of women around were swooning over him (and lets be honest, what man would?) .

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    3. I agree with that. So why would Negri or anyone else even assume he intended to remain faithful to Negri?

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    4. I totally agree with you. I think you nailed it.

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    5. I bet you are right. I bet he could not be a one woman man. Elvis was the same way. Funny how when the tables are turned and the woman has a little fun on the side the men go berserk! If they are famous, celebrated people their egos just can't take it. What's good for the gander is good for the goose!

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