Rudolph Valentino Son of the Sheik Screening in San Francisco
Save the Date: July 10, 2011 at 2:00pm
The Place: San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium (100 Larkin Street, San Francisco)
In conjunction with the Reading the Stars exhibit in the library (4th and 6th floors), the SFPL will screen Valentino's 1926 film The Son of the Sheik. The full line up of Shhhhhh Silents exhibits can be found here.
The Son of the Sheik was Rudolph Valentino's final film and a delightful film it is. Valentino is cast in a dual role of Ahmed the son and Ahmed Ben Hassan the elder sheik (originally portrayed by Valentino in the 1921 film, The Sheik). Young Ahmed falls in love with a dancing girl Yasmin (Vilma Banky) and believes he has been betrayed by her once he has been captured and torutured by a band of thieves. Young Ahmed takes his revenge and it takes a few rousing fights and miscommunications to set things straight before there is a happy ending. Agnes Ayres makes an appearence reprising her role from The Sheik as Lady Diana. Montague Love co-stars as the baddie Ghabah the Moor and Karl Dane as Ahmed's loyal friend Ramadan. Directed by George Fitzmaurice and E.M. Hull's novel The Sons of the Sheik was adapted by Hans Kraly and Francis Marion. This Arabian fantasy has plenty of action, romance and humor packed into roughly 60 minutes.
I will introduce the film and also present a slideshow utilizing images that did not make the cut in my book Rudolph Valentino the Silent Idol. With the abundance of riches at my fingertips, space prevented some, some were images I wished I'd been able to find and others came into my hands after publication. It's an enjoyable glimpse into Valentino's world. I will also have copies of the book on hand for purchase and autographing.
Thomas Gladysz of the Louise Brooks Society and editor of the Louise Brooks edition of Margaret Boehme's 1905 novel Diary of a Lost Girl will also be on hand to sign copies of his book. Thomas has also curated the Reading the Stars exhibition.
The Son of the Sheik is one of Valentino's most engaging films and hope to see you there!