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Good Night Valentino (2003)

 -  Drama | Short  -  January 2003 (USA)
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Dramatization of an H.L. Mencken story. Rudolph Valentino comes to Menckin's hotel room to seek advice about how to deal with a newspaper editorial that claims Valentino's screen career has emasculated the American male.

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HL Mencken describes a dinner with Rudolph Valentino a few days before the actor dies. He has come to seek Mencken's advice: he's been criticized in the Chicago Tribune for causing the effeminizing of the American male. Valentino is outraged and asks Mencken to write the truth. Mencken looks for a sub-text and finds in the actor the agony of a civilized man thrown into situations of intolerable vulgarity; Valentino finds his own life grotesquely futile. Mencken concludes that man must remain alone and lonely even with crowds surging about him. We watch their encounter. The evening ends, the men part; Mencken concludes that death did Valentino a favor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A great man is not only great, but also a man.

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Accurate two person character study with excellant acting.
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a fan of Rudolph Valentino and having read every book on the man, "Good Night Valentino" is by far the best depiction of the silent screen star ever captured. When I first saw Edoardo Ballerini in the film "Dinner Rush" I could not believe how much he physically resembled Valentino without in any way trying. When I later heard Ballerini was starring and directing a film about the legend, I knew I had to see it. I was not disappointed."Good Night Valentino" is an excellant two character study that beautifully captures the mood of 1926 (and the state of mind of Valentino in the days before his untimely death at age 31). Both actors are so good that you feel as though you are watching a documentary on Valentino. Let's hope that we see more work by this talented actor/director soon!


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