Tuesday, October 12, 2021

He "Argued Her Into It"...

This quote (see below) from Natacha Rambova is excerpted from a longer article, but I found this comment insightful. She says Rudy “argued her into” taking credit for her work in his films. What a contrast to the cruel portrayal of her as a grasping woman using the situation to her professional advantage. As has been discussed and commented on here previously she was the star when they met and their marriage destroyed her career entirely.

If Valentino's possible insecurities have been discussed here, I think Rambova was 100% confident and needed no feeding of her ego. I think she had an executive type personality which really is obvious in her Egyptian expeditions. But this was because she was highly organized and not because she wanted glory.

Did Rudy argue her into taking credit for her work? And the last line where she mentions her being known for the work “independent of her marriage”, reveals the problem I think. That became impossible.


6 comments:

  1. Interesting! This woman who Valentino loved was not a boring person , but was talented. Glad that her story was told at last.

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  2. Among many other reasons, Valentino was attracted to Rambova's creative prowess and aesthetic nature. She was very perceptive when she made the observation he was concerned with with things artistic. Valentino wanted to be like his wife in this respect, so it had nothing to do with Rambova muscling her way into his productions. He was proud of her and it shows. That does not portray a man letting his wife wear the pants in the family. That illustrates a man in love with an extraordinary woman.

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    1. Good points. I think she articulates their relationship in this regard so well. No attempt to upstage or grab the limelight.

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  3. I question the idea that Rambova’s confidence was airtight. The whole Koslov episode makes it clear that she wasn’t beyond subjugating herself to a man she perceived as hypnotic and authoritative. And her later conduct with Nicholas Roerich has the tinge of self abnegation as well. When he refused to marry her she sued him for breach of contract. I cannot imagine a gesture more futile and humiliating. It really exposes her fragility.

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    1. Food for thought. 👆

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    2. Michael Morris believed she spent her life looking for the father figure she never had. Yes, well said, "food for thought" !

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