Beyond the Rocks with music by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
Location: Redstone Theater
Introduced by Drake Stutesman and with live music by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
Dir. Sam Wood. 1922, 80 mins. 35mm. With Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman. Cast as would-be lovers in a gloriously doomed romantic affair, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino star together for the only time, in this recently rediscovered gem. Swanson plays a habitual clotheshorse, showcasing glamorous gowns, while Valentino cuts a picture of elegance in a wardrobe designed by his then-lover Natacha Rambova. Among the film’s sartorial highlights are its resplendent eighteenth-century sequences in the style of Wood’s mentor Cecil B. DeMille. Secret desires of the heart play out among a lavish atmosphere of excess and erotic permissiveness, conjuring the gallants and marquises of the past in their ‘stately games of love.’ Drake Stutesman is Editor of Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media and teaches cinema studies at NYU and fashion studies at Pratt Institute.
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