Many of Herb Ritts's photographs recall the glamour of Hollywood's golden age, a time when celebrities were larger than life: flawless and impeccable. Ritts's relationship with his subjects echoes that of the film director who discovers the remarkable qualities of an actor in his or her star-making role. When it comes to defining a legend, audiences know it when they see it. These films comment on notions of gender and sexuality, and, like Ritts's iconic photographs, they offer haunting and sensual images that reflect our time. Rudolph Valentino was an original in a line on screen sex objects: an icon for lovelorn women and men.