This Weekend in Film History: Debut of Christian Slater, Italian Sex Symbol Dies

August 23, 2014

August 22, 1990

Not to be mistaken for the ’80s MARRS hit single, Pump Up the Volume, the film sharing the same name, stars Christian Slater as Mark, in one of his first cinematic debuts. In school Mark is a loner but at night he captivates fellow teens with his own FM pirate radio show.

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Image courtesy of Red Hook Flicks.

August 23, 1926

Rudloph Valentino, the Italian-American actor, died at the age of 31 from a ruptured ulcer. Valentino immigrated to the United States in 1913, where he became one of film’s earliest sex symbols and starred in the silent film era’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and The Sheik.

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Image courtesy of Lifetime TV.

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