Cinema: Woman in Black

Hollywood guides linger loquaciously in front of the tomb of Rudolf Valentino in the Hollywood Cemetery. Every year, they say, on the anniversary of Valentino's death, a mysterious, thickly-veiled Woman in Black is driven to the gates by a chauffeur, alights, places a bunch of red roses on Valentino's tomb, dabs daintily at her eyes with a black-bordered handkerchief, departs. Last year there came also an old man with a beard, a grey skull cap and a staff of yellow ribbons, who knelt and prayed, then played The Sheik of Araby on a mouth...

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