Category: silent film

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Heartthrobs of the Silent Era

Sessue Hayakawa

(June 10, 1886 – November 23, 1973)

Rudolph Valentino

(May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926)

Cullen Landis (July 9, 1896 – August 26, 1975)

Ramón Novarro

(February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968)

Gary Cooper  (May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961)

Rudolph Valentino photographed by Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair on August 6, 1926. He died less than 3 weeks later from Peritonitis

at the age of 31 on August 23rd. The 2nd photo appeared in the October 1926 issue of Vanity Fair.

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Rudolph Valentino in Cobra (1925)

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Rudolph Valentino publicity photos for Beyond the Rocks (1922)

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Louise Brooks portrait session circa 1927

Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in “Beyond the Rocks” (1922)

“Beyond the Rocks” was long considered lost but  in 2000 the Netherlands Film Museum inherited the collection of the 87-year-old Joop Van Liempd, which consisted of 2000 cans of film. It was almost three years before the entire six reels of the was discovered. The film was restored and screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. It was released on DVD by Milestone Film & Video in 2006.

Norma Shearer publicity photos for “Lady of the Night” (1925)   

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Joan Crawford publicity photos for “The Taxi Dancer” (1927)

Rudolph Valentino publicity photos for Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Ramon Novarro and Joan Crawford in Across to Singapore (1928)