This is a copy of a Re-Issue Window Card from the film, "The Sheik." I really like the fact that is depicts a color close-up of Valentino in one of his many "stares" from the film. This is an example of a mass produced copy. If this were an original re-issue lobby card it would be quite valuable, mainly because of the large, color depiction of Valentino.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
These are five photos from the film, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." This was Valentino's first starring role in a film. June Mathis noticed his work in a film called "Eyes of Youth," she was ultimately responsible for landing him the part of Julio Desnoyers. This film features the famous tango scene. Valentino was not credited with the film's success; however it was the turning point in his career, a few months later he filmed, "The Sheik."
400th Post! Alright, for each big posts, i.e. 100, 200, 300, I like to post a special or rare item. This is a one of kind item from 1926. About a month before Valentino died he presented this trophy at a gold tournament at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. The trophy reads: "Rudolph Valentino Trophy, Exhibitors and Exchangemens Golf Tournament, Hillcrest Country Club, July 15, 1926. The trophy was presented by Valentino himself. This is truly a one of a kind item.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is an Italian collector's card with a character depiction of Valentino dancing the tango and a side profile view. The depiction is a bit over-the-top, but since it is a Valentino collectible, of course I had to buy one. They are fairly common.
This is a Norwegian magazine called Film Journalen. I have posted a few of these magazines before, these are great, oversized magazines with impressive covers depicting Valentino from various roles. This particular one depicts Valentino from the film, Blood and Sand. These magazines are not too common.
This is a Danish Movie Herald from the film, Monsieur Beaucaire. This version of the Monsieur Beaucaire movie herald is not as colorful and vibrant as the U.S. version; however, it is more difficult to come by.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This is a fantastic painting of Valentino from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." This is not an acutal movie poster, it is an artful rendition of Valentino from the film. I am unsure of the size, but it is a magnificent piece.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
These are two photos from the film, "Uncharted Seas." This film is no longer in existence, or I like to refer to it, "lost." This film was made in 1921, one of five Valentino starred in that year, it was made after The Four Horsemen. The film also stars Alice Lake as well. Items from this film are very difficult to find as well. Often, this tends to be the "forgotten" Valentino film. I hope someone finds it over the next few years.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is a 5 x 7 fan photograph of Valentino from the film, "The Eagle." The photo has a facsimile signature on the photo. These fan photos are from the 20's and not overly difficult to find.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
These are five postcards from the film, "The Son of the Sheik," This of course was Valentino's last film, along with one of his most popular. These postcards are great collectibles, reasonably priced, and not too difficult to find.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
These are five great photos from the film, "Cobra," from 1925. The top 2 photos depict Valentino in a flashback scene as one of his womanizing relatives who is trying to hide two women at once. In the film, in his home, there is a painting of this relative on the wall, I wonder if the painting is still around?
This is a Danish Movie Herald from the film, "Blood and Sand." Many of the foreign movie heralds have different variations along with differnt photos from the film. They seem harder to come by than the U.S. versions.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This is a newspaper ad for the film, "The Delicious Little Devil." This was a re-release of the film from 1921. The film Flower of the North was released in 1921, which dates this ad. This was when Valentino's popularity really started to take off and studio's began re-releasing his early films that he appeared in as a supporting role or bit part.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
This is a rare Swedish Movie Poster from the film, A Sainted Devil. This is an excellent example of a colorful foreign movie poster. The scene from this poster has a Blood and Sand / Four Horseman feel to it. This is a great example of a poster rarely seen.