Beyond the Rocks

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Beyond the Rocks ★★½ 1922

Sam Wood's 1922 silent film stars icons Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, and was until recently thought to have been lost forever. One surviving print was found in a Dutch archive, which has been given an impressive restoration and a new sound track. Zany rescues abound: Lord Bracondale (Valentino) rescues Theadora Fitzgerald (Swanson) after her rowboat capsizes off the British coast, and again later in the Swiss Alps after a mountaineering accident. Well worth seeing for the craft involved in creating early film. 81m/B DVD . US Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Gertrude Astor, Mabel van Buren, June Elvidge, Robert Bolder, Helen Dunbar, Raymond Blathwayt, F.R. Butler; D: Sam Wood; W: Jack Cunningham; C: Alfred Gilks.