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Dark lover : the life and death of Rudolph Valentino

Author: Emily Wortis Leider
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tango pirate, gigolo, powder puff, Adonis--all have been used to describe the silent-film icon known as Rudolph Valentino. From his early days as a taxi dancer in New York City to his near apotheosis as the ultimate Hollywood heartthrob, Rudolph Valentino (often to his distress) occupied a space squarely at the center of controversy. In this thoughtful retelling of Valentino's short and tragic life, Emily W. Leider  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Rudolph Valentino; Rudolph Valentino; Rudolph Valentino; Rudolph Valentino
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Wortis Leider
ISBN: 0374282390 9780374282394
OCLC Number: 50292623
Description: xi, 514 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mercurio --
Early sorrow --
New York tango --
Signor Rodolfo --
"A new style heavy" --
Misalliance --
Enter Julio --
The wonder year --
Dark lover --
Faun man --
The bigamist --
Courtrooms and clairvoyants --
The Mineralava dance tour --
Europe --
The comeback --
Slippage --
The crack-up --
Tango notturno --
Death of a God --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Emily W. Leider.
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Tango pirate, gigolo, powder puff, Adonis--all have been used to describe the silent-film icon known as Rudolph Valentino. From his early days as a taxi dancer in New York City to his near apotheosis as the ultimate Hollywood heartthrob, Rudolph Valentino (often to his distress) occupied a space squarely at the center of controversy. In this thoughtful retelling of Valentino's short and tragic life, Emily W. Leider looks at the Great Lover's life and legacy, and explores the events and issues that made him emblematic of the Jazz Age. Valentino's androgynous sexuality was a lightning rod for fiery and contradictory impulses that ran the gamut from swooning adoration to lashing resentment. He was reviled in the press for being too feminine for a man yet he also brought to the screen the alluring, savage lover who embodied women's darker, forbidden sexual fantasies. In tandem, Leider explores notions of the outsider in American culture as represented by Valentino's experience as an immigrant who became a celebrity. As the silver screen's first dark-skinned romantic hero, Valentino helped to redefine and broaden American masculine ideals, ultimately coming to represent a graceful masculinity that trumped the deeply ingrained status quo of how a man could look and act.

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