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A marvelously overripe 1922 silent melodrama starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino.
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.
A great example of the burgeoning star system at work and a form of diversion that delighted audiences in earlier times.
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
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.
The new beautifully melancholic score by Henny Vrienten greatly adds to the atmosphere.
More interesting as a reflection of what passed as a great romantic melodrama than it is as actually a great classic.
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.
A ravishing example of the incandescent grandeur of Swanson and Valentino.
Welcome back, Gloria and Rudy. A straight-up hit.
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.
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.
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.
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