Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Crazy Ray

We included the image below in The Rudolph Valentino Case Files, and Renato secured the right to use it in the book from the French Cinemateque image collection. Surprisingly they had few images of Valentino in their files, and most were familiar ones. This was the most exceptional.

(Below) Valentino pays a visit to the set of Rene Clair's movie, The Crazy Ray (Paris Qui Dort). You can watch the film here:

https://www.berfrois.com/2013/03/the-crazy-ray/

and with a better version here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGwP3mYmE_c

Renato comments that considering the equipment they had then, some of the shots are incredibly well done. He also says the only reason Rene Clair and the cast were in Paris then, was because they were shooting the film. It was August when everyone leaves the city and heads to the seashore. They also stayed in Paris and filmed in August because in the mornings the streets were empty.


I thought it would be interesting to post the photo as it was sent to Renato from the French archive (below) before they removed their watermark. Of course we paid the fee for using it and credited the photo in the book. The archive was very helpful retrieving many things for us and during Covid. We are very grateful to the staff there and I believe we have already posted the correspondence on this blog. 



26 comments:

  1. What an exceptional photograph! Is that Valentino's dog at his feet? More evidence that the person who is constantly mistaken for Andre Daven is Rene Clair.

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  2. Pagar was Valentino's favorite dog I believe.

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    1. Yes! Poor puppy did not have such a happy fate after Valentino's death.

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  3. Oh, what happened to him?

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    1. He became the subject of a legal tug of war with Alberto taking the dog and a car which Ullman requested he return to the estate. Kabar died and although I do not have proof of it, it is said Alberto had an autopsy done on the dog to see why he died. When no cause was found legend has it Kabar died of a broken heart. I am not so sure about any of that but it was sad the dog was left without his beloved master.

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    2. Didn't Simon Constable's research finally lead to tracking down Kabar's burial place to be at Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park Cemetery, Calabasis, CA?

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    3. haha No not at all. That information about Kabar's burial was widely know as far back as 2003 when I found it all online along with a photo of Kabar's grave. I will find all of that. It was common knowledge long before Constable desperate attempt to take credit for it. Ridiculous. I think it was all known as far back as the 1960's.

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    4. I do not know who would dare to attribute that to Constable. The fate and location of Kabar's grave is everywhere online. Always has been. What nonsense. Sad.

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    5. If Constable believes he discovered Kabar's grave that is laughable. I will find twenty other sources for that which all predate his claim. If he does claim that, then he has not done a lick of research because there is plenty of it. In 2003, I downloaded the grave picture and I am sure he does not predate that.

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    6. In November 1931, Screenplay magazine did a feature article on the pet cemetery and Kabar's grave was mentioned. So I doubt Constable predates that.

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    7. Simon Constable's research? 😂😂😂

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    8. I believe Jim Craig did an extensive post somewhere on Kabar's grave with many images of historical mentions of it. Not sure where that is but maybe he could be given credit for researching how many sources knew about that grave for years. He documented many of them if I recall.

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    9. Constable is not the researcher he thinks he is. Most of his "findings" have been readily available previously both through other authors and online at various sites. Even members of the so-called VSC know this.
      These days he's chiming in with his observations on Gribbin's MAtB under the Facebook identity of 'His Fame Still Lives' rather than his own name. Wonder why?

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    10. Apparently S.C. tries to take credit for everything Evelyn does, he assumes that no one else reads this blog. Nice try Constable.

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    11. To be fair, Constable is also indulging his Francophilia on MAtB by using the moniker Pascal Deveaux. At least he isn't using Andre Daven anymore. But, please, ditch the Google translator.

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    12. Each and every one of Constable’s attempts to position himself as a researcher/writer have been spectacular and comical misfires. Still think his best bet is to snare an engagement as scholar in residence at the annual crypt gathering. Terhune throws Lord C crumbs of praise and it is time he put his money where his mouth is. Come on Tracy Ryan, it is your obligation to sponsor and provide a world stage for this “respected Valentino scholar.” Ha ha!

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    13. I've noticed a real uptick of posts from Pascal Deveaux on both MAtB and We Never Forget. Maybe Constable is trying to catch up with Bret for the record holder of Valentino page aliases.

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    14. I had found it odd that Constable would want to use the alias Andre Devan. Of course, it's falsely believed by many in the VSC that Devan was Rudy's male lover. Constable can just go on dreaming....he's almost a century too late to live that fantasy!

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    15. Perhaps the VSC Messieurs Pascal et Etienne can commiserate together over the Valentino dream of desire they share...which sadly for each of them will never find fulfillment.

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  4. What a remarkable photo! Everyone in the photo seems time bound, with the exception of Valentino, who can belong in any era. Here he looks like a statute of Adonis, casually coming to life in mid stride. So happy that Renato was able to secure permission to reproduce this photo from French Cinemateque (and even happier that it isn’t part of Terhune’s collection).

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    1. I agree completely with this assessment of Valentino. He is timeless.

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  5. The Rudolph Valentino Case Files by Ms. Zumaya and Mr. Floris is full of gems like this. Get the book!

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  6. Absolutely, it is worth the money to spend it on. I have my own copy and very proud of to be so.

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