Saturday, November 27, 2010

Monsieur Beaucaire Movie Theater Handout

This is a rare movie theater from Paraguay. The handout depicts Valentino from the 1924 film, Monsieur Beaucaire. Not one of Valentino's most popular films, this was his first film back after we walked out on his contract. He and Natacha, mainly Natacha wanted more artistic integrity in the films he made. In the case of Beaucaire led to overpriced costumes and set designs, along with a film that his base fans just did not get.

This is not a common piece, this is the first item I have seen from Paraguay. It is not worth hundreds of dollars, but would be sought after for collectors like myself because of the uniqueness of the item.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Insert from the 1929 Memorial Service

This is a rare pictorial of the 1929 Valentino Memorial service. I am unsure if this is from a magazine or newspaper. Original items from the early memorial services are rare and not easy to find. I am still looking for this item myself.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I was unable to find a photo of Valentino with a turkey, or a photo of Valentino eating, so how about a photo of Valentino with spaghetti. It is a great photo because it shows him smiling, which is not too common in his photos. One of the documentary's from a few years ago features an interview with one of Valentino's friends named Paul Ivano. He spoke about Valentino making long spaghetti and that when you ate it you could not cut it just like in Italy. It was a little joke because the spaghetti was so long it would take you forever to twirl it up on your fork.

Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, it's just the only food story I have on Valentino, enjoy the holiday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Keystone Monsieur Beaucaire Magazine

This is a magazine from February 1925 called, The Keystone. The magazine depicts Valentino and Doris Kenyon from the film, Monsieur Beaucaire. This magazine is a Valentine's Day special issue. This is a wonderful magazine, it is not as valuable as some of the full color covers; however, it is still sought after. I am looking for this one myself.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rare Photos from A Sainted Devil

These are five photos from the lost film, "A Sainted Devil," from 1924. I have recently read that portions of this film are still in existence. I would love just to see whatever is out there. I assume since this is no patched together DVD out there for sale, like The Young Rajah, that was exists must be very minimal. Let me know if anyone has any information.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Son of the Sheik Glass Slide

This is a glass slide from the film, "The Son of the Sheik," from 1926. The glass slide was the movies first version of a "movie trailer." It was a way to show the audience coming attractions. Most original Valentino glass slides ( there are replicas out there) are colorful and not too easy to find. Many older glass slides are cracked and broken, condition is everything with these. These normally start around $100.