The Rudolph Valentino Library
The Rudolph Valentino Library is presented by publisher Renato Floris as CEO of, Viale Industria Pubblicazioni. He guarantees the quality of each volume as well as their scholarship and historical accuracy. These books, covering the life and legacy of Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova represent years of research and study by the authors who are represented exclusively by Viale Industria Pubblicazioni.
Until this publication, Jeanne De Recqueville's 1978, Rudolph Valentino has only been available in French and copies of her book are scarce. Ms. De Recqueville was a Valentino activist in France for some twenty years; appearing as a Valentino authority on television and in documentaries in her role as the President and founder of “The Association of the Friends of Rudolfo Valentino.”
Ms. De Recqueville interviewed many of the people who knew Valentino in France including Jacques Herbertot, Rene Clair, Yvonne Legeay and Robert Florey. She also corresponded with Dr. Howard Meeker, the surgeon who operated on Rudolph Valentino and attended to him throughout his final illness. The book is in full color with additional essays on Andre Daven, Robert Florey's, The Magic Lantern, “The Letter to Bruno” and Aurelio Miccoli's definitive work on Valentino's nobility.
The True Rudolph Valentino by Baltasar Cue
In the months before silent film icon Rudolph Valentino's death, he began a collaboration with Spanish journalist, Baltasar Fernández Cué. That collaboration was this book. Valentino lamented the glut of fictionalization about his life story and asked Cué to assist him in writing his true autobiography.
Before Valentino left on his fateful trip to New York City, he gave Cué various personal letters and documents for reference and assured him he would return within three weeks to write his autobiography. Valentino would die soon after in New York City, leaving Cué determined to fulfill his great friend's wish. With the assistance of Pola Negri and Valentino's friend Douglas Gerrard and with the endorsement of Alberto Guglielmi Valentino, Cué wrote The True Rudolph Valentino. Cué published his work in the Spanish language fan magazine Cine-Mundial as a ten installment series, from May 1927 to February of 1928.
Renato Floris' translation presents this historically valuable book for the first time to an English-speaking audience.
Astral Affairs Rambova
In August of 1925, silent film icon Rudolph Valentino and his second wife Natacha Rambova separated. Natacha Rambova sought refuge in spiritualism and the occult. She attended séances, studied theosophy and made the acquaintance of a deep-trance medium and psychic, George Wehner. Astral Affairs Rambova broadens the context of this time in Rambova's life and delves into her relationship with Wehner.
George Wehner would infamously prophesize Rudolph Valentino's death in a séance held with Rambova and her family in their chateau on the French Riviera. This prophesy would take place only a few days before Valentino died and the psychic would write an account of this séance in detail some years later. Astral Affairs Rambova is based upon his account and on Wehner's own autobiography, A Curious Life, published in 1929, in which he reveals his relationship with Rambova and her family.
Beyond Valentino, A Madam Valentino Addendum by Michael Morris & Evelyn Zumaya
In this, his 'final tribute to Rambova', Michael Morris showcases Rambova's written works, her Egyptological scholarship and her study of myth, symbolism and comparative religion. Rambova's contemporaries and intimate circle of associates are profiled, creating an informed and visual glimpse into her later life and her esoteric pursuits. This addendum also includes the contributions of several scholars who through their respective fields of expertise delve deeper into the life and times of Natacha Rambova.
Affairs Valentino, A Special Edition, by Evelyn Zumaya
Rudolph Valentino's sudden death inspired mass hysteria among his fans as his business manager and close friend, George Ullman, was appointed executor of Valentino's financially encumbered estate. In his role as executor, Ullman found himself a key character in a byzantine tale of betrayal & subterfuge involving moguls, Valentino's family and collectors.
As a result of Ms. Zumaya's discoveries of previously unpublished court documents & Ullman's personal memoir, she challenges the studio-generated version of Valentino's personal & professional life. This full color, "Special Edition" includes a new Postscript in which Ms. Zumaya reveals her latest research.
"This is the BEST researched book about Rudolph Valentino ever written."
Michael Morris, author of Natacha Rambova & author of Madam Valentino
The S. George Ullman Memoir by George Ullman
In the days following the sudden death of Rudolph Valentino, his business manager and friend George Ullman published a book, titled, Valentino As I Knew Him. Before his own death in 1975, Ullman wrote a personal memoir about his behind-the-scenes life with "Rudy".
Over the decades, Ullman's story has been aggressively misrepresented, but at last the truth is told about this iconic pioneer in celebrity management. This is the first publication of Ullman's 1975 memoir, along with his original book which is authorized by the Ullman estate.
La prima biografia in italiano di Rodolfo Valentino. Le Stelle e i Divi di Hollywood sono ben conosciuti anche per gli scandali che riescono a generare e la Stella del cinema muto Rodolfo Valentino non si discosta da questa tradizione. La Zumaya ha investito ben 15 anni in accurate ricerche sia sulla vita di Valentino sia allʹinterno della ristretta cerchia di chi gli era vicino, in modo particolare sul ruolo avuto dal suo caro amico ed amministatore‐agente, George Ullman. Lʹinnovativo lavoro svolto dalla Zumaya ridisegna drasticamente la storia di Valentino e rivela segreti esplosivi. Il lavoro della Zumaya è al 100% basato su fatti reali ed è supportato dalla scoperta di circa 400 pagine di documenti mai visti prima, relativi sia alla vita finanziaria sia alla vita personale di Valentino. Il fulcro di questo nuovo archivio è lʹancora non pubblicato diario di George Ullman, in cui egli racconta dei suoi rapporti con Valentino. Lʹarchivio è completato da altri interessanti documenti, mai visti prima. Grazie a tutte queste nuove informazioni la Zumaya ha, finalmente, ricostruito il vero ritratto di Rodolfo Valentino ovvero dellʹUomo oltre al Mito.
The Infancy of the Myth,
by Aurelio Miccoli & translated by Angelo Perrone.
The first nine years of Valentino's life were spent in Castellaneta, Italy. This is the story of those years; one portraying a difficult but dreamy child with a romantic character. The episodes and events have been created, based upon biographical documents from archives still in existence. This narrative of Valentino's childhood is rich with the presence of actual characters from those long ago years and is set in the colorful, factual environment in which the child, Rudolph Valentino grew up.
"An enthralling account about the birth, the home, city and childhood environment of a young boy destined to become a legend."
Michele Cristella, Journalist
I'infanzia Del Mito di Aurelio Miccoli
I nove anni di vita del periodo castellanetano di Rodolfo Valentino, il Mito del cinema muto, bambino dal carattere difficile, romantico e sognatore. Fatti e avvenimenti ricostruiti attraverso i pochi dati biografici esistenti, in una realta romanzata ma qualificata da personaggi il pui delle volte davvero esitit, in un ambiente che fu realemente quello frequentato dal piccolo Rodolfo.
"Il romanzo avvincente del sui primo nido: casa, citta, territorio, di un ragazzo destinato a diventare un Mito."
Michele Cristella, Giornalista
Daydreams by Rudolph Valentino
When silent film icon Rudolph Valentino penned this book of poetry in 1923, he was waging a one man strike against his studio demanding quality production standards for his movies. While he struggled to find a solution, he delved into the occult and spiritualism. As he dabbled in automatic writing, it is said these poems were channeled by Valentino as transcribed by famous, deceased poets. The mystery of the psychic authorship of Valentino's Daydreams has been a point of discussion for generations.
The Affairs Valentino Companion Guide by Evelyn Zumaya
While researching Affairs Valentino, Ms. Zumaya discovered a case file of never-before-accessed court documents, all relevant to Valentino's business, personal affairs and the settlement of his estate. In the interest if sharing her sources with her readers, Ms. Zumaya presents this affordable guide which includes some of the remarkable cache of discovery which became the basis for her Valentino biography.