Rudolph Valentino was one of the biggest celebrities of the Jazz Age. His films, like The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse and The Sheik, were not only blockbusters – they helped change the culture. Valentino was an immensely popular actor, as well as an even more popular sex symbol. His sudden death at age 31 in 1926 made news around the world.

Believe it or not, an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral. There was hysteria among female fans. Suicides spurred by grief were reported in Europe. New York mourners rioted. And Hollywood studios briefly shut down.

It’s not surprising then that more than 80 years after his death, Valentino still attracts new fans to his films and larger-than-life personality. One of those fans is San Francisco resident Donna Hill.

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May is set to be an eclectic and even electric month at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont. In addition to three more installments of the famous serial, The Perils of Pauline, the venerable East Bay silent film museum is set to screen one of the big hits of the era, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring legendary Rudolph Valentino, as well as Laughing at Danger, an early thriller with plenty of pulp fiction trappings. And that’s not all.

alice terry

Alice Terry will be starring in
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with Rudolph Valentino

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