Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Thoughts From The True Rudolph Valentino

I thought I would post this excerpt from The True Rudolph Valentino by Baltazar Cue, which Renato translated and published. There have been some insightful comments here about this subject and I thought Señor Cué could weigh in. 


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  1. MEMO TO ALL "MY PRIVATE DIARY" AFICIONADOS :
    See excerpt above.

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    1. I find his commentary on this irrefutable in light of his profession as a journalist at the time and his conversations with Valentino.

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    2. I would certainly take Cue's word over that of a Facebook Enforcer.

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  2. “…vanity did not stop him from producing his quota of fables.” Rudy played the Hollywood game, as did the vast majority of cinema stars. If memory serves, My Private Diary resulted in the dissolution of his friendship with Robert Florey, who, acting as his publicist in Europe, allowed some material to be published in My Private Diary which infuriated Valentino. Proof positive Rudy was not writing each and every word to be shared with Movie Weekly readers.

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    1. Yes. Robert Florey, according to Bill Self who knew him well, "The only person Rudy ever personally fired".

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    2. Yet, the GoToExperts tell us that Valentino was completely manipulated by the Evil Ullman, that he was very unhappy with the way Ullman was managing his career, and that the two of them were not even speaking to each other at the time of Valentino's death. If that is so, why didn't Valentino fire Ullman as he did Florey? They continue to push this nonsense, cynically assuming their forum members are too stupid to do their own research. Why would anyone want to belong to a group like that?

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    3. I think it is like used car salesmen. Some people are trusting and do not have critical and cynical minds to even think people like that could be ripping them off so brazenly. And they are getting ripped off. Terhune sets the narrative imo and people assume he is an expert because he buys up Valentino relics. He is not an expert and what kind of expert censors new discoveries and works to ruin books on his topic? He spreads his own false narrative and people buy it. It is hard to even offer insight into Valentino and this deplorable situation when he blocks, deletes and controls to suit his own ego. I think people are figuring that out though, I really do.

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    4. Wasn't Ullman there when Rudy died? Hardly any indication that they were not on speaking terms.

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  3. Probably the most honest, close to The truth was George Ulman's 1926 book "Valentino as I knew him" and even more so the 1977 Memoirs. I'm sure not even these are 100% accurate and there are some facts left unsaid, but it seems to me they are the Best ones written by a contemporary, Rudy's friend and manager who knew him well.

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