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Beyond the Rocks (1922)
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Director:Sam Wood Producer:Jesse L. Lasky Written by:Jack Cunningham Based on Beyond the Rocks: A Love Story by Elinor Glyn

Running time:80 minutes Country:United States Language:Silent Genre:Drama, Romance Subtitle:English intertitles 

Starring: Rudolph Valentino as Lord Hector Bracondale,  Gloria Swanson as Theodora Fitzgerald, Edythe Chapman as Lady Bracondale, Alec B. Francis as Captain Fitzgerald, Robert Bolder as Josiah Brown, Gertrude Astor as Morella Winmarleigh, 

June Elvidge as Lady Anna Anningford, Mabel Van Buren as Jane McBride, Helen Dunbar as Lady Ada Fitzgerald,
Raymond Brathwayt as Sir Patrick Fitzgerald, Frank Butler as Lord Wensleydon (as F. R. Butler)
 

Storyline:
Love, duty, and the scent of narcissus. Theodora, a young and penniless aristocrat, marries a much older man, self-made millionaire grocer Josiah Brown, so that her father and spinster sisters can live comfortably. Soon after the wedding, she finds herself falling in love with Hector, the Tenth Earl of Bracondale, a playboy she encounters on the social circuit of the very rich -- in the Swiss Alps, Paris, London, and the English countryside. Hector is attracted to her as well. Theodora must choose between love and duty, and then Josiah and Hector must make choices of their own.


Special Features:
- Introduction by Martin Scorsese
- ''The Delicious Little Devil'' (director Robert Z. Leonard, 1919, 54 mins, with Rudolph Valentino and Mae Murray)
- Stills Gallery from Gloria Swanson''s personal collection
- 85-minute wire recording of Gloria Swanson from 1955 - Never Before Heard!
- Featurette - Interviews, Articles, and Videos detailing the restoration process (48 mins)
- Orchestra Score by Henny Vrienten (3 mins)
- Alternative 5.1 Orchestral Score by Vrienten with Sound Effects


 

Review:
Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman

Long considered lost, a print of this 1922 silent melodrama was rediscovered in a private collection more than eighty years after it first delighted audiences. Sam Wood (A Night at the Opera) directs Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentinotwo of the era''s biggest starsin their only screen pairing. While on honeymoon with her wealthy but dull new husband, an aristocratic woman (Swanson) falls desperately in love with a handsome nobleman (Valentino) who sweeps her off her feet and away on a globetrotting adventure. "A cause for celebration. A testament to the extraordinary artistry of silent cinema" (Martin Scorsese).

I was one of the lucky few to see the opening show of the film April 5th 2005 in Amsterdam. I must say I loved the whole idea of a gala, they chose a beautiful venue (Tuschinksi Theatre, a great art nouveau building). It was true pleasure! I had high hopes for the movie, and it even surpassed my expectations. Henny Vrienten, a contemporary composer wrote a superb score to accompany the film. The film made me realise how hard it must be to act a part without having your voice to help you get the message over. And all this with very limited facilities.


I couldn''t but admire the actors who, surrounded by cardboard mountains and what not, acted their parts. Never mind the mountain wobbled when she fell. It was heartwarming. Gloria Swanson was almost physically there, you could feel her emotions, she really was charismatic. Rudolph Valentino''s acting was more instinctive, less learned; his charm was touchable and you instantly understood why millions of women fell in love with him. But beyond this, I thought the story to be an eternal classic: true love vs. honour, honesty and appreciation. And, without wanting to give away too much, I liked the triumph of the right choice. So a true gem, hope many will get the chance to see and enjoy it!
IMDB Reviewer
 



Silent movies don''t get into the headlines much any more, but they certainly did a few years ago when the Netherlands Filmmuseum announced the discovery of the sole surviving known print of Beyond the Rocks (1922). Long topping lists of most-wanted lost films, the picture was notorious for being the sole teaming of two of the great sex symbols of the 1920s: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. Such pairings of major stars were unusual during the silent era, since it was more lucrative to put them in separate pictures for maximum draw. But thanks to the Filmmuseum and Milestone, the movie has been restored and preserved and now is available on DVD, to be seen for the first time in eight decades.

Swanson stars as Theodora Fitzgerald, daughter of a destitute sea captain. The family has determined that Theodora should marry a rich man to salvage their fortunes, and the chosen target is elderly Josiah Brown (Robert Bolder). But then Theodora meets cute with Hector, the tenth Earl of Bracondale (Valentino), falling out of a boat and being rescued by him. The marriage with Josiah goes through, and the pair goes to the Swiss Alps for their honeymoon. While mountain climbing, Theodora gets into trouble again, and who should come to the rescue but Bracondale, once more. Unhappy with her decision to marry the ill and aged Brown, Theodora quickly succumbs to the charms of Bracondale. When Theodora decides she must break it off, she writes him a letter telling him so, but then accidentally mails it to Josiah instead, causing conflict and heartbreak on all sides.

Unlike the marriage comedies that Swanson had just done for De Mille, divorce or adultery aren''t acceptable responses to the situation here; contrary to the attitude displayed in those pictures, Swanson''s character chooses traditional values and virtues, despite the calls of her heart. Surprisingly enough, Valentino, for all his fiery reputation, goes along with this response. But there''s no doubt about the romantic charge between the pair when they share the screen. Their scenes together really sizzle, even through Swanson''s somewhat overwrought gesticulating. There''s a strong sense of chivalry and "the right thing to do" permeating the story, leading to a somewhat silly and improbable conclusion, one that could only happen in the fevered imagination of a romance novelist. The picture is based on a novel by then-popular and now-forgotten author Elinor Glyn (most famous for IT), which is included in the DVD-ROM extras on this disc.

An interesting feature of the film is the insertion of several fantasy sequences (one of which remains missing). These feature the stars in various historical settings, including at Versailles with King Louis XIV, depicting contrasting and variant versions of their problematic relationship. These are executed with panache and production values consistent with the rest of the film, which ranges from Dorset to Paris to the Alps to the Sahara. Many of the sets are quite lavish and take one into the life of the other half bodily. Another notable technique is linking through the flower narcissus: Theodora gives one to Valentino both at the beginning and the end of the film, and that her handkerchief is scented with narcissus is an important plot point. The choice of the flower is intriguing: is the intent to hint that the consummation of the relationship would be a form of self-love and indulgence?

Valentino is in fine form, though he doesn''t get to do a lot beyond look despondent over his frustration. But his longing looks are quite credible and solidly played. One supporting player who is a surprise is Bolder as Josiah Brown; he''s played for comedy for most of the picture, as the potential cuckold complaining of aches and pains while not noticing the relationship forming under his nose. But the scene where he receives the letter meant for Hector is devastating; he suddenly becomes a very human man who suddenly recognizes his life is on the brink of being destroyed. It''s quite fine and nuanced, and the impotent gestures he makes thereafter when he confronts Bracondale just emphasize the hollowness of his existence.

One of the most sought-after lost silents emerges on DVD in fine style, with a beautiful restoration and a first-class array of bonus material.
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