About the Book
10x8 softcover, 240 pages, 400 illustrations.
One of the most alluring, enigmatic, and simply irresistible movie icons of all time, Rudolph Valentino continues to inspire generation after generation of moviegoers. In Rudolph Valentino, The Silent Idol: His Life in Photographs, author Donna Hill retells the story of Valentino’s life using a treasure trove of rare photographs. Drawn from the author’s extensive collection and those of generous fellow collectors and archives, most of the images in this volume have not been seen since the 1920's; many have never been released publicly until now.
Rudolph Valentino was more than the “sheik” of one of his most famous films. He was more than the legendary star who died at a tragically young age. For long-time fans as well as curious newcomers, these remarkable images — candid snapshots at home, traveling, on film sets — reveal the glamour and charm of the man who continues to beguile and inspire movie lovers to this day.
A lifelong film afficionado with a particular affection for films of the silent era. The author has collected memoriabilia with regard to Rudolph Valentino for over thirty years. The collection of rare photos is shared by the author's blurb book, Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol, His Life in Photographs. The author lives in San Francisco and is currently researching her second book, a biography of Dorothy Gish.