Feb. 2nd, 2008

Review: Beyond the Rocks [1922]

Title: Beyond the Rocks
Writer: Elinor Glyn (novel), Jack Cunningham (scenario)
Director: Sam Wood
Outline: A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Robert Bolder

I am a sucker for silent films, so it was pretty much a sure shot that I would really like this. However, I ended up loving it. At first, I was wondering of Hector was supposed to come off as creepy and self-serving, because it seemed that way to me. However, I really started to feel for both he and Theodora after they did they're best to not act on their attraction and love [well, after a few slips].

When I really started to love the movie was when Josiah finds out about Hector and Theodora being in love. I really started to feel for him. Up until that point I thought it was pretty much just there as a plot device. However, it was his attempt [and success] at sacrificing himself so that the woman he loved could be happy with the man that she loved that made me feel for him and really start to love the movie.

This is definitely worth watching over and over again. Of course, I'm still giggling at the random insert of scene-appropriate sound effects [such as the clomping of hooves and yelling/cheering/murmuring of people]. The music, however, was beautiful.

So, if you got a chance to see it, let me know what you think!

OMG, old school squee!!

Just finished watching Svengali and Beyond the Rocks. Loved them both. I'll be doing a review for each of them. Thank you Shannon and Gabrielle, you are dolls.

Making a Loud Noise Until Rescued

"I thought," said Piglet earnestly, "that if Eeyore stood at the bottom of the tree, and if Pooh stood on Eeyore's back, and if I stood on Pooh's shoulders----"

"And if Eeyore's back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh. Ha ha! Amusing in a quiet way," said Eeyore, "but not really helpful."

"Well," said Piglet meekly, "I thought----"

"Would it break your back, Eeyore?" asked Pooh, very much surprised.

"That's what would be so interesting, Pooh. Not being quite sure till afterwards."

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