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Good Night Valentino (2003)

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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Quite Remarkable
28 January 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Yes, interesting and quite a remarkable study---very inventive and ingenious plot about a true event come back to life. The actor who portrays Valentino does resemble him--I mean he is not an exact double, but we do, yes we do, see Valentino. There is a bit of factual error when the newspaper man asks about Valentino's wife (Natacha Rambova) and at the end of the film, Valentino is said to have died two days after this interview. The real Valentino was divorced from Natacha at the time, but we forgive it in this fictional yet almost real account. Rudolph Valentino will never be forgotten. There was a star. I enjoyed this short film. A tribute to Valentino.


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