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Valentino’s Lesbianism: Stardom, Spectatorship, and Queer Recognition

Susan Potter

in Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042461
eISBN:
9780252051302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042461.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers the terms by which Rudolph Valentino’s historical female spectatorship is shaped by both identifications with and desires for the feminized star. These entangled spectatorial ... More


Losing Valentino

Mariusz Kotowski

in Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813144887
eISBN:
9780813145105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144887.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In chapter 14 we are again reminded that the contemporary trend of following celebrity lives originated in 1920s Hollywood. Negri and Valentino's relationship is perfect gossip-column material. Their ... More


Finding Valentino

Mariusz Kotowski

in Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813144887
eISBN:
9780813145105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144887.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 13 chronicles one of the most important events of Negri's adult life—meeting and developing a relationship with fellow Paramount actor Rudolph Valentino, arguably the love of her life. It ... More


Stardom in the 1920s

Phil Powrie and Éric Rebillard

in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621972
eISBN:
9780748651191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621972.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The star system in France emerged around 1910 as theatre and music-hall stars crossed over into film, but only really took off in the 1920s with the establishment of a wide-ranging film press, and ... More


Sovereign Consumption: Italian Americans’ Transnational Film Culture in 1920s New York City

Giorgio Bertellini

in Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256235
eISBN:
9780823261741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256235.003.0005
Subject:
History, Economic History

Italian-produced films found a vast audience in New York City theaters, encompassing motives of emotional longing and diasporic nationalism among immigrant spectators well into the 1920s. The essay ... More


Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale

Mariusz Kotowski

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813144887
eISBN:
9780813145105
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144887.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale chronicles the career of one of the most prominent silent-era actresses. Born in Poland, Pola Negri begins her acting career in Germany under the direction ... More


From Merry Widow to Gay Divorcée 1925

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter takes readers to France after Mae Murray walked out on her contract following the completion of The Merry Widow. Her divorce from Robert Z. Leonard, her relationship with Rudolph ... More


The Delicious Little Mae 1918–1919

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter chronicles Mae Murray’s nasty divorce from James Jay O’Brien and her marriage to her director and business partner, Robert Z. Leonard. She lashes out at Variety magazine following a ... More


The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

Laura Frost

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231152723
eISBN:
9780231526463
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152723.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Aldous Huxley decried “the horrors of modern pleasure,” or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, ... More


Life Is a Cabaret 1912–1914

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Mae Murray’s life after her divorce from William Schwenker and the advancement of her career as an exhibition dancer in cabarets and clubs. Mae was in the middle of the dance ... More


Stairway to Paradise

Steven C. Smith

in Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190623272
eISBN:
9780190623302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190623272.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

In November 1914, Max Steiner arrived in New York City, with little money and few prospects. This chapter details another formative time in Steiner’s life: his ascent from a struggling Tin Pan Alley ... More


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