28 AUGUST 1926, Page 3

Crowds so huge and eager have attended the " lying

i n state " of the dead film star, Rudolph Valentino, that many persons have been crushed and injured. Surely a very curious and interesting sign of the times in which we live ! Until the art of the film has been brought into its proper relation with other arts we shall not be able to place Rudolph Valentino. Yet we shall have the opportunity of placing him by visual comparisons, and not by the aid of memory alone as in the case of actors in the theatre ; for if the public so desires Rudolph Valentino will go on acting before them for ever. Most people have not yet made up their minds whether the acting of a film star is a shackled and imperfect art or whether, because of the absence of the voice, a triumph over the conditions is the greatest kind of triumph.