The afterlives of Rudolph Valentino and Wallace Reid in the 1920s and 1930s

Bode, Lisa (2016). The afterlives of Rudolph Valentino and Wallace Reid in the 1920s and 1930s. In Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright (Ed.), Lasting screen stars: images that fade and personas that endure (pp. 159-172) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-40733--7


Author Bode, Lisa
Title of chapter The afterlives of Rudolph Valentino and Wallace Reid in the 1920s and 1930s
Title of book Lasting screen stars: images that fade and personas that endure
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-40733--7
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Year available 2016
ISBN 9781137407320
9781137407337
Editor Lucy Bolton
Julie Lobalzo Wright
Chapter number 12
Start page 159
End page 172
Total pages 14
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Bode compares the very different afterlives of two major Hollywood film stars, Rudolph Valentino (d. 1926) and Wallace Reid (d. 1923) in the 1920s and 1930s. Seeking to understand why Valentino remained famous for decades after his death while Reid was forgotten by the mid 1930s, she traces the fortunes of their respective film revivals and the shifting contexts in which fan magazines mentioned them over the years. She shows that while the studios refused to reissue Reid’s films in the 1920s due to his scandalous death, Valentino’s were quickly revived and, in the mid 1930s, accrued an erotic and camp cult status. Bode concludes that Valentino’s and Reid’s afterlives were ultimately determined by how each star’s death and screen persona served Hollywood’s cultural memory.
Keyword Screen stars
Death
Fan magazines
Classic hollywood
Masculinity
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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