Friday, February 25, 2022

Michael Morris Lecture at the Convegno Valentino - Turin 2 - 24 -2009

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  1. Michael Morris' speech is a must for all Rambova admirers. It's terrific.
    Also, I recall at this convention, there was a Q & A with the audience. A little man rose and began to speak about how Valentino was hated in his town because all the women were smitten with him. I have been unable to find this video from the Turin Convention. Ms. Zumaya, is this video still available?

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    1. It is still about. Renato will look it up. I have a translation of his speech in English which I think I posted here.

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  2. This magnificent presentation never gets old. Michael is without peer. Ms. Hill’s recent slide show and Q & A for an obscure silent film “museum” underscores the mediocrity which is otherwise the rule in the Valentino community. Her insufferable presentation was devoid of viewer engagement and filled with inanities (e.g,, Manuel Reachi was Valentino’s “part time business manager,” her “personal fantasy” (shared by every single one of the forum hens) of Valentino as Dracula, and her endless attempts to convey authority by throwing out incorrect dates and senseless details (also erroneous)). Enough of this woman! Her reputation rests upon a picture book in which most of the photos are poorly composed and unflattering to Valentino. The emperor has no clothes folks!

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    1. I can not support Ms. Hill's position in the Valentino world because of her involvement in the cult campaign to harass, demoralize and ruin us. Renato wrote her a formal letter to engage in a conversation about why she refuses to include any of our books on her Valentino publications listings. She did not answer Renato but instead handed his letter over to Tracy Terhune and David Bret and they used it immediately to mock Renato and his query mercilessly on that stolen blog. I found that extremely unprofessional of her and vicious, knowing what those two do on there every day.

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    2. What is the obsession with Valentino playing Dracula? He was very leery of being typecast as the Sheik, so why would he have wanted to become known forever as Dracula? If he had lived, I would hope Valentino would have steered clear of monster roles. Dracula ruined Bela Lugosi's distinguished stage career. So why do the forum hens fantasize about Valentino ruining his?

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    3. To the poster at 12:52, regarding the forum hens and their Dracula preoccupation: it’s nothing more than a lack of imagination (and intelligence). Dracula is a very familiar character and is widely associated with an actor with an indeterminate foreign accent. It’s a knee jerk response: mysterious foreign accent plus biting necks for blood equals Valentino. One woman who used to be a loudmouth regular on the forums (but who left in flames years ago because she felt she wasn’t receiving proper recognition) actually created out of whole cloth the fantasy that Valentino had been “in talks” to do a limited New York stage version of Dracula prior to his death! This is preposterous, and such a project would have been a non starter for Valentino for too many reasons to enumerate. And yet, her lie got picked up by Gribbin because she liked the sounds of it, and now Gribbin regularly claims that she read that Valentino was in talks to do Dracula! That’s right, she read a fabricated fantasy of a forum member and in her mind that translates into verifiable fact.

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    4. Forum hens! Good one definitely people whom I do not respect at all.

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    5. I do not respect them either and it is appalling some of their followers think I am the aggressor. I have had to fight for over ten years of my life to right all the wrongs they have done to us. I respond and I defend and I am very, very tired of it. Terhune posts some laughable tag line of "Valentino Truth" when the truth is he has mocked us, our ages, tick tocked countdowns to our deaths, called me a madwoman, called Renato the "man in a dress" and opened a blog a decade ago with every obvious malicious intent to torment and bully us. Truth is he and his sidekick Donna Hill do not want people to know what they do behind the scenes. No one would tolerate what we have had to tolerate from these people. I have never gone after their parents by their first names as they have mine, never told a single person not to buy or read their books, never bragged I was "instrumental" in having their books removed from sale as they have. I could go on and on. I do not write fiction and this blog is not about hate it is about justice. Thank you to all for your support and to those who send in hate comments which I will not post, I ask... why read this blog at all if you think it is so awful? Move on.

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  3. She is spineless and awful. People devoid of talent and gifts often are. Her treatment of you and Renato is beneath contempt. It’s clear that she doesn’t say or do anything that hasn’t been vetted in advance by Terhune and the family representative. She is richly rewarded by silence and indifference. If Terhune hadn’t leapt in to save her on the aforementioned Q&A by yammering away with his own crap about Ditra Flame (a complete and utter fable by the way) Hill would have had no Qs to A!

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    1. How do people rationalize Terhune and Hill's support of David Bret? And they do support him. Terhune provides a platform on that stolen blog and Hill passes him information such as Renato's letter.

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    2. According to Sauce For the Gander (a book Ms. Zumaya discovered and shared), the Lady in Black began as a publicity stunt. I find it appalling that stunt still manifests itself at current Valentino Crypt Memorials with women of all sizes and shapes dressed in black mini-skirts and veils, fluttering thought the halls of the mausoleum. It's so disrespectful.

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    3. No doubt there have been and will continue to be male Ladies in Black hyperventilating ostentatiously at the crypt. Terhune himself reportedly dolled himself up on a number of occasions.

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  4. Terhune, Hill, Gribbin, O’Martin and the Valentino family representative are banking on “the community” believing that they have more class and refinement than Bret. The truth of the matter is that they are just as eager to roll in the feces as Bret is, and they do exactly that, and often. They just hope no one sees them.

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    1. As long as Bret is allowed to saunter about on MAtB and WNF as Bastista Morris/Vollmer/Bosko/etc., then he is getting the full stamp of approval from the admins and mods.

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    2. They are horrible people all of them.

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  5. Awful people the lot of them.

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