On August 15, 1926, Valentino collapsed at the Hotel Ambassador in New York. On 23rd of August he died due to pleuritis. His funeral was attended by thousands who paid their last respect for the actor.
Full title reads: "Passing of Valentino. Impressive scenes of funeral of famous Film Star".
New York, United States of America, USA.
M/S of Rudolph Valentino's embalmed body lying in state. M/S of procession of men (including Douglas Fairbanks) coming out of building, they are followed by pall bearers carrying Valentino's coffin.
M/S of woman in black veil getting into a car. She weeps melodramatically, a man and a woman support each of her arms as she walks. The woman is probably Pola Negri, ex-fiancee of Valentino. Several press photographers take pictures. Various high angled L/Ss of the funeral cortege driving through New York streets, crowds line the way. L/S of entrance to church, tilt down to show coffin being carried from hearse to entrance.
Intertitle: "Valentino and his former wife, Winifred Hudnut in an exhibition of the dance".
L/S of Valentino and Hudnut (aka Winifred Shaunessy or Natasha Rambova) doing the tango on stage watched by a vast crowd. M/S of the couple; they wear traditional Spanish costumes.
Intertitle: "A striking photograph of the screen star as he appeared in his latest film".
M/S of Valentino dressed as Sheikh emerging through curtain, he talks to a woman sitting on cushions on foreground (Vilma Banky). C/U of Valentino. This looks like an excerpt taken from Valentino's last film, The Son of the Sheikh - beware of copyright restrictions!
Note: for search purposes alternative spelling of Rudolphe.
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