Saturday, June 4, 2022

Cobra's Curse

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  1. Excellent research on a fascinating subject. The significance of Cobra is what went on behind the scenes. The only reason Cobra is watched today is due to Valentino. On its own, the film is a complete dud, with stodgy and unattractive characters and a very dull plot. One must be an ardent Valentino fan to sit through scenes of him adding up figures at a desk in a Spartan office or watch him and the unappealing Casson earnestly conversing about life in general. The only interesting part of this film is Rambova’s magnificent nightclub set. I agree with Ms. Zumaya. Norma Niblock appears as the unknown young lady who opens the scene by walking down the stairs, across the set, and exits off the stage. It is obvious this scene has been awkwardly edited. Great podcast!

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    1. Thank-you! Norma had such a great, positive spirit and told her family about this many times and in detail. I was so fortunate to be able to work with Norma's family who all had their memories. I wanted to share some of Henabery's insight and the James Young script was a fascinating discovery for me.

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  2. It's a shame the original script was never filmed. A tasteful nude scene with the athletic Valentino would have assured Cobra a place in history, not to mention the ton of bucks it would have made.

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    1. Not going to argue with that one! 👆

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  3. The podcast is very informative and it's such a refreshing thing to be able to intelligently discuss COBRA. It's actually one of my favorites of Rudy's since he shows a gift with light comedy.
    Meantime, members of the VSC over on MAtB regularly misidentify stills from COBRA and confuse them with other films of his. No matter though. They'll publicly lust over them nonetheless and try to top each other for the most gooey and inane responses possible.

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    1. That is so good to read! I think Rudy found a way to play in every movie. It is too bad he did not do more comedy.

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    2. I'll second that about appreciated the intelligent discussion about this film. Ms. Zumaya's contributions to the study of Valentino's life are like flowing water in the middle of a parched desert. Certainly it's a dry wasteland if one relies on the 'contributions' that the VSC (or their outcasts) make.

      Why just today, a photo of actor Anthony Dexter in costume as Rudy from that biopic was posted on MAtB with this question:
      "Is this Anthony Dexter or Rudolph Valentino? What do you think?"

      Golly....what a challenge to the astute members of the VSC!

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  4. Didn't Natacha Rambova have an affair with Devereaux Jennings, the cinematographer who replaced the original cameraman on Cobra?

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    1. Yes. I guess that will be part of the Cobra 2, "The Aftermath".

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  5. Excellent podcast!

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