Beyond the Rocks
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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 wealthy grocer, but on the honeymoon she meets Lord Bracondale, a stunningly handsome… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A marvelously overripe 1922 silent melodrama starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York 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"
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"More interesting as a reflection of what passed as a great romantic melodrama than it is as actually a great classic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Welcome back, Gloria and Rudy. A straight-up hit."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"A great example of the burgeoning star system at work and a form of diversion that delighted audiences in earlier times."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The new beautifully melancholic score by Henny Vrienten greatly adds to the atmosphere."
‑ Kent Turner,
"A ravishing example of the incandescent grandeur of Swanson and Valentino."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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