‘‘All my séances are held
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There are no flying trumpets... no tilting tables...”
<< Originally broadcast on BBC One at 11:10pm
on Wednesday May 26th 1976 >>
Introduced by Denis Tuohy. Interview by John Pitman.
Note: This enhanced audio was originally recorded directly from the 1976 TV broadcast and is not to modern standards.
read the full transcript below as you listen.
[Part of Denis Tuohy's introduction is missing from this copy of the audio]
[...'The Great Lover' as he became known, died 50 years ago. Published tomorrow is a biography of Valentino and next month two more are being published, including one by the film critic Alexander Walker. Already a film has been made in America and this summer Ken Russell starts shooting his interpretation of Valentino with Rudolf Nureyev in the main role.]
Before it was known that Nureyev was going to play him in the Russell film, did you have any conversations about who might be playing, what might happen?
No well, we knew, of course I knew ages ago. I mean, I get so much information before it ever comes out. You may think this a very odd remark to make, but it's perfectly true. Valentino has kept me informed over the years of so many things, which I seriously to thought myself, 'oh well he’s wrong there'.
Such as the revival of 'Blood and Sand' in the West End, it was an unheard of thing - a silent movie in the West End in 1975, attended by royalty? It sounded crazy, but it all happened, uh, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me. But he didn't tell me who was going to play the character...his character, but there you are.
I’d love to know what he thinks about the whole thing.
I don't think he really worries very much. After all, he's now out of the reach of the critics and the mud-slingers and the people who are always ready to bring a man down. Fortunately he is high above them, in every sense. So I don't think it matters very much to him.
This transcript was created for the Trust by Coleen Mackenzie - May 2018