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Beyond the Rocks

Beyond the Rocks (1922)


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This picture did great at the box office, and no wonder -- Paramount's biggest star of the day, Gloria Swanson, co-starred with Rudolph Valentino (whose fame was so new that his first name was still being spelled "Rodolph"), in a story written by the most famous trashy novelist of the day, Elinor Glyn. There was no way this romantic drama could have lost. Swanson plays Theodora Fitzgerald, the daughter of poor but aristocratic parents. Her father pushes her into a marriage with a retired and


Drama, Romance, Classics

Jack Cunningham, Elinor Glyn

Jul 11, 2006

Paramount Pictures

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A marvelously overripe 1922 silent melodrama starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It is the only film in which two of the great stars of the era -- Gloria Swanson and Rudolf Valentino -- appeared together. If only to see their on-screen chemistry, no film buff should miss it.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A great example of the burgeoning star system at work and a form of diversion that delighted audiences in earlier times.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It goes without saying that the discovery and restoration of the 1922 Gloria Swanson/Rudolph Valentino melodrama Beyond the Rocks is a cause for celebration

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Beyond the Rocks is not the world's greatest movie, but the fact that it exists at all makes it one of the most exciting DVDs of 2006.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The new beautifully melancholic score by Henny Vrienten greatly adds to the atmosphere.

July 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

More interesting as a reflection of what passed as a great romantic melodrama than it is as actually a great classic.

May 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Valentino and Swanson display the confident way with expression and gesture that silent stars had to develop to project their intentions in the absence of audio, but little about the film is especially over the top.

December 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A ravishing example of the incandescent grandeur of Swanson and Valentino.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Welcome back, Gloria and Rudy. A straight-up hit.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Rocks

A lost film in the annuls of history, Beyond the Rocks was found, restored, and subtitled for the enjoyment of the masses. Sadly, my enjoyment was quelmed by the lackluster equivalent to my wildest fantasies. I do give creedence in every aspect that I can: the loss of sound, the loss in quality over the last 90 years, the overacting, the extravagant costuming, and the difference in movies today. I can forgive all of these things, look past them, and survey the quality of the actual film. Those things said, it was bad. It was gruesome. Written by shockster Elinor Glyn and directed by De Mille protege Sam Wood, the plot was shamelessly boring. I do give kudos to the angle of her deep devotion to her rich, ugly husband though she was in love with the aristocratic Valentino, who she shared magically dramatic chemistry with. Still, Swanson's future work is filled with much more intelligent films.
February 22, 2011

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An average romantic drama with nothing new to offer. I'd only recommend it to fans of Swanson and/or Valentino. Overall it isn't bad, it's just not good either. There are a couple of exciting scenes but that's it.
December 22, 2010

Super Reviewer

Another recently discovered and restored silent picture. There are a few scenes that are beyond restoration and the chemically disintegrating film becomes visible in splotches. There is an informative Dutch documentary about the restoration on the DVD. Evidently it was not the norm for two stars of such magnitude to co-star in a film at this time, but Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino did for this romance. This movie was also based on an Elinor Glyn novel. Theodora Fitzgerald (Swanson) is pushed to marry an old millionaire by her step-sisters so the family will be financially comfortable. Her father (Francis) says she can refuse, but for his sake she agrees to marry Josiah Brown (Bolder). From their small seaside English town Josiah and Theodora travel to the mountains in Switzerland and fancy hotels in Paris. Fate keeps throwing Theodora and Lord Hector Bracondale (Valentino) together since Theodora's new husband is not a young or active man. This is the sort of trashy story that Glyn wrote, the young couple fall in love, but in order for them to be together, she must be unfaithful to her marriage. A handful of other supporting characters make appearances and these wealthy society people hop around Europe without much concern. The scenery and lifestyle are intriguing to observe nevertheless. Later in the plot a jealous woman switches letters that Theodora writes to Josiah and Hector. With their secret found out, Josiah decides to make the dangerous trip to Northern Africa for an archeological expedition. Theodora, her father, and Hector rush to try to find Josiah before it is too late. Romantic intrigue played between two worldwide celebrities of their day caused this movie to be a big success.
August 14, 2013

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