Thursday, October 7, 2021

What the "Stars" Thought of Him

Renato has discovered and translated a quip from the 1923 French press as it appeared in:

The Hard Liner - August 18, 1923 by George Fronval

It reads:

"What do our artists think of the handsomest man in Los Angeles?

Rudolph Valentino, idol of all American women, arrived among us, in the company of his charming wife, Natacha Rambova, the day before yesterday and by plane. He certainly passes for the most beautiful man in the cinema. We asked several of our "stars" what they thought of this reputation.

Here is what they told us:

Geneviève Félix - “Rudolph Valentino is not only handsome by himself but he is also by the way he acts.”

Gina Relly - “Rudolph Valentino well personifies the young first Hispano-American.”

France Dhelia - “What I like about Valentino is his gaze.”

Ginette Maddie - “I only saw him in one movie, Blood and Sand. I was thrilled by him and he is a talented actor.”

As we can see, Rudolph Valentino already has many admirers with us.

George Fronval




14 comments:

  1. I'm uncertain about France Dehlia, but I'm assuming these are all women. Valentino's effect was definitely international!

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  2. France Dhelia was a French actress with not so many movies to her credit. In 1923 she had just appeared in a movie, La Garconne. So perhaps that is why she was asked.

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    1. Looked up this actress , she made more than forty films of the Silent era. Perhaps she became famous after her comment of Valentino.

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    2. After she met Valentino, France Dhélia (born Franceline Berthe Léontine Délia Benoît; November 9, 1894 – May 6, 1964) who was a French film actress, appeared in more than forty films, mostly in the silent era. Many of her appearances were in the films of the director Gaston Roudès.

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  3. Nice find, Renato! I enjoy hearing the viewpoints from those who were Rudy's contemporaries. It gives us another perspective of the man.

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    1. I don't know about you all, but for me the first-hand comments about Rudolph Valentino are so much more interesting than the dried, tired and boring inventions of fantasy writers and Valentino fantasists.

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    2. I agree, Evelyn. I would trust the word of a person who actually knew Valentino much more than today's self-annointed experts, drooling fan-gals, and phony Frauleins.

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    3. So true. Vetting tired of these So called experts who claim they know more about Valentino then people who were actually there. Pinging on their one tune piano.

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    4. "One tune" indeed and a boring one at that.

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  4. Ping! Rudy was gay! Ping! Rudy was gay! Ping! Rudy was gay.Boring indeed.

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  5. It should almost be a sin to make Rudy so boring but "they" really manage. So rewarding that he was not boring at all.

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  6. It's nice that all of these opinions expressed by European movie "stars" are respectful and not "cheesy" and ofensive sometimes like The ones that would appear în the American newspapers.

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