Good Samaritan sent me a copy of what was reported by Simon Constable
regarding the so-called "Parisian Period" of Valentino.
Let's start by saying that Rodolfo Guglielmi, did not need large
amounts of money in Paris.
results of research carried out by myself initially and documented by
Aurelio Miccoli, reveals that on that trip Rodolfo was a guest of his
great-uncle Alfonso, brother of Pierre Philibert, who lived in Saint
Mandè, in the eastern outskirts of Paris, 5.3 km from the city
center, on the edge of the 12th arrondissement of Paris.
most surprising thing learned was that Valentino did not go to Paris
to unleash his hormones at high speed, but to attend a quarterly
course for the cultivation of roses, a subject to which he wanted to
devote himself as a floriculturist.
referring to Valentino's activities on that trip, we turn to the
amorous acquaintances Florey tells us about it in his series of
articles on Valentino titled, Inoubliable Inoublié
specifically one published in installment #7 in Cinémonde
1163 – 11/22/1956.
reports on the Valentinian adventure in 1912. “While Valentino
spent a few weeks in Paris, he met a young music hall dancer. For
some reason which he never explained to us, she refused to satisfy
his carnal desires and even told him she felt insulted.”
a little further on Florey writes about how Valentino despised
Parisian femininity and quoted Valentino as saying, “ 'I tell you I
know women and I am paid because I know them. But it's not that
simple. Yes, the most beautiful women can be seen at Ziegfeld or on
Hollywood Boulevard ', Valentino replied with his Italian accent;
which became even more pronounced when he was irritated.' Perhaps he
had not forgotten the little 1912 Parisian.”
on to Monte Carlo, according to Professor Miccoli and our
conversations, it is not certain Valentino passed through Monte Carlo
because he could have passed through the tunnel of Frejus to stop in
Turin and visit his cousin Guglielmo Guglielmi with whom he spent
Christmas the previous year.
the Monte Carlo affair, the story of Valentino attempting to
recuperate money at the Monte Carlo Casino makes no sense because
Rodolfo was not of age and the Monte Carlo Casino has always had
strict rules. It is absolutely forbidden for minors to enter the
casino and at that time the age of adult was 21 years.
Valentino's gambling, I quote a significant anecdote by Florey who
relates, in Inoubliable Inoublié in Installment # 8 Cinémonde
1165 – 12/6/1956:
Sunday, Jomier invited us to join Fatty Arbuckle, Thomas H. Ince, Max
Linder and Gaston Glass. After the meal, Fatty took some dice from
his pocket and offered to play Craps. After an hour, Valentino had
lost about fifteen dollars. It wasn't much, but he was furious
because he didn't like to lose. Coming down from the “Dovecote”
he looked wrathful. He had hardly thanked Jomier nor greeted the
don't like Fatty,” he told me, “he always makes tricks and jokes
that I don't like. I don't like wasting my money in such a stupid
way. If George invites him again, I won't go back to his place. "
hour later, he was no longer thinking about it. But his anger
returned over a bottle of Flora delle Alpi brought to him by his
if I hadn't gone to lunch, I could pay cash for this bottle without
having to draw a check. I hate wasting my money like this. "
you could have won,” I tell him.
the same. I lost $ 15, and with that bottle it's $ 25 coming out of
my pocket today."
strongly suggest to Simon Constable that he read the heavily
researched and documented book by Miccoli, Valentino and the
I will soon translate into English. He can add this great book to all
our past, present and future books and in particular, our latest book
Rudolph Valentino Case Files. Only in this way will be be able to
say he knows something about Valentino.