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7 May 1922 (USA) See more »
A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rudolph Valentino ... Lord Hector Bracondale

Gloria Swanson ... Theodora Fitzgerald
Edythe Chapman ... Lady Bracondale

Alec B. Francis ... Captain Fitzgerald
Robert Bolder ... Josiah Brown
Gertrude Astor ... Morella Winmarleigh
June Elvidge ... Lady Anna Anningford
Mabel Van Buren ... Jane McBride
Helen Dunbar ... Lady Ada Fitzgerald
Raymond Blathwayt ... Sir Patrick Fitzgerald
Frank Butler ... Lord Wensleydon (as F. R. Butler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gino Corrado ... Guest at Alpine Inn (uncredited)
Mary Foy ... Clementine - Theodora's Older Sister #1 (uncredited)
Lucien Littlefield ... Sir Lionel Grey's Associate (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Guest at Beachleigh (uncredited)
Adele Watson ... Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2 (uncredited)
Leo White ... Pageant Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Elinor Glyn (based on the novel by)

Jack Cunningham (scenario)

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
Original Music by
Henny Vrienten (2005 alternate version)
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (camera)
Film Editing by
Vincent Carmiggelt (2005 alternate version)
Sound Department
Vincent Carmiggelt .... sound engineer (2005 alternate version)
Wim Post .... sound mixer (2005 alternate version)
Henny Vrienten .... sound (2005 alternate version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Vincent Carmiggelt .... assistant to composer (2005 alternate version)
Soren Venema .... musician: zither & harpguitar (2005 alternate version)
Eric Vloeimans .... musician: trumpet (2005 alternate version)
Henny Vrienten .... musician (2005 alternate version)
Gert Wantenaar .... musician: accordion (2005 alternate version)
Other crew
Ronald Bosdam .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Reneé Bruinoge .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version) (as René Bruinooge)
Gerard de Haan .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Paulo Fonseca .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Ed Frederiks .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Irene Haan .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Marije Kool .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Leo Kuyper .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Mark Mallon .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Mark Paul Meyer .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Géke Roelink .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi .... archival researcher: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Frank Roumen .... production: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Jan van den Brink .... staff: Nederlands Filmmuseum (2005 alternate version)
Jaap van Loenen .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Juan Vrijs .... laboratory staff: Cineco/Haghefilm Amsterdam (2005 alternate version)
Joe Adamson .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Barry Allen .... thanks: Paramount Pictures (2005 alternate version)
Michelle Amon .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Brooke Anderson .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Dennis Doros .... thanks: Milestone Film & Video (2005 alternate version)
Barbara Hall .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Amy Heller .... thanks: Milestone Film & Video (2005 alternate version)
Jenny Romero .... thanks: Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2005 alternate version)
Edmund R. Rosenkrantz .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Frederique Urlings .... thanks (2005 alternate version)
Steve Wilson .... thanks: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (2005 alternate version)

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80 min (2005 alternate version) | Spain:76 min (DVD edition)
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Lost for most of the 20th century, a copy of this film was discovered in April 2003 in Haarlem (The Netherlands) in a private collection. It was restored by the Nederlands Film Museum and the Hagheflim Conservation and was screened in 2005, complete with English dialogue screens in place of the original Dutch, at the Cannes film festival. It made its television debut on May 21, 2006, on Turner Classic Movies as part of a nine-film tribute to Rudolph Valentino.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Husein Ben Ali and his men are being chased away by the soldiers, a crew member steps in front of the camera during the wide shot of the scene.See more »
Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2:I wish he weren't quite so impossible.
Clementine - Theodora's Older Sister #1:My dear, no man with millions is impossible.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Great movie - the Nederlands Filmmuseum deserves our gratitude, 21 June 2005
Author: DutchS from The Netherlands

I have to start by saying that I am probably the worst possible person to write a comment on "Beyond the Rocks", as it is the only silent movie I've seen to date. However, since not many people have yet had a chance to see this movie, I thought it my duty as a movie enthusiast to review.

In "Beyond the Rocks" a poor young woman, Theodora Fitzgerald (Gloria Swanson), briefly meets the handsome Lord Hector Bracondale (Rudolph Valentino). They like each other, but soon part ways. Some time later Theodora marries a rich man, even though she has no feelings for him whatsoever, in order to make her father and sisters happy. On her honeymoon she runs into Hector again, and they continue to meet each other socially. Soon they realise that they love each other, but Theodora is now married, which makes it impossible for them to be together.

I found the beginning of "Beyond the Rocks" a bit slow and uneventful. Things do happen, but somehow I couldn't really get 'into' the story. The reason for this is, most likely, that the love between the two main characters at that point hasn't fully developed yet, nor have their problems, and there is little to get emotionally involved with the characters about. But this 'slow' part doesn't last long, and the rest of the movie is as interesting as such a love story can possibly be.

"Beyond the Rocks" is famous for co-starring two silent movie greats, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. I was a bit disappointed with Valentino at first. During much of the first half of the movie, he has little to do but smile and look good, neither of which requires much acting talent. Fortunately he has more emotions to convey later, and then finally gets the chance to show what he's capable of. But Swanson remains the star of this movie. Whenever she is on the screen, whatever she is doing, she's the one you're looking at. Even when Valentino acts at his best, he is very much in his own world inside the movie, while Swanson transcends the bounds, radiating off the screen and drawing you into the story.

Not long ago, only one minute of this movie was known to have survived. Then, a few years ago, a copy of the whole film was found in The Netherlands, where it was restored by the Nederlands Filmmuseum. The quality is, as far as I can judge, usually very good. There are only two moments in the film where there is a lot of damage, and it briefly becomes extremely difficult to see what's happening on the screen. The first of these moments is very short, and the shot rather uninteresting, so that it is no great loss to not be able to see it. The other is longer and happens in the middle of a considerably more important and interesting scene. It is a shame that this part of the movie didn't survive in a better condition, but one can't expect miracles, and an advancement from one minute of film to all 80 minutes whereof perhaps one minute damaged is doubtless a great one.

Dutch movie composer Henny Vrienten has made a soundtrack for "Beyond the Rocks". Unique of this soundtrack is that it not only contains music, but also sounds from the surroundings of the characters: cars driving up, footsteps on the stairs, knocks on the door, etc. The general opinion on this seems to be that it makes it easier for people to follow what's happening. I personally can see the other view - that silent movies weren't meant to have sound effects - as well, but the sound as it is didn't bother me. There is one thing, however, that I think should have been left out, and that is the sound of people talking in the background, which is sometimes used. If the actors don't talk audibly, I really don't think it's appropriate to have talking (and sometimes laughing) heard in the background, even if it only occurs in 'party' scenes, where it would be a normal sound to expect. The music is often good and fitting enough (though sometimes rather early-21st-century), except in one scene where the music played in a fancy hotel/restaurant is of the kind you would expect to hear in a saloon in a bad western. This soundtrack is not my favorite part of the film as I saw it, but it certainly isn't so bad that it ruins one's viewing experience, and naturally the movie can't be blamed for it.

All in all, this is a great movie. I hope that it will soon get distributed around the world to give everyone the opportunity to see it.

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