Rudolph Valentino: The Great Lover of the Silver Screen
The name Valentino sent shivers down the spines of American women of the 1920’s. Rebellious young women flocked to movie houses and were seduced by the magnetism of the screen’s first “Latin Lover.” This young man from an obscure Italian village changed the negative stereotyping of Italians in the movies, forever redefining our notions of love and romance. While women adored him, many men despised him as a stealer of hearts. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (the name “Valentino” means “valentine”), you will find out if his appeal is simply nostalgia for the 1920’s or still relevant today.