Lost Valentino film discovered in the Netherlands

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19 April 2004, AMSTERDAM — A copy of a Rudolph Valentino film which had been presumed lost forever has been discovered by the Nederlands Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

19 April 2004

AMSTERDAM — A copy of a Rudolph Valentino film which had been presumed lost forever has been discovered by the Nederlands Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Beyond The Rocks, starring Valentino and Gloria Swanson, was chanced upon when staff were cataloguing 2,000 film cans donated to them by a film collector from Haarlem. For almost 75 years, film historians and archivists have been searching for a print of the film made just four years before the Italian film idol's untimely death at 31.

Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino

What makes this a particularly unique discovery is that it is the only time the two Hollywood icons, Valentino and Swanson, ever appeared together.

Directed in 1922 by Sam Wood, the romantic melodrama, based on famous trashy novelist Elinor Glyn's book of the same name, was a big box office hit in its day. Wood is famous for the 1939 movie Goodbye Mr Chips and For Whom The Bell Tolls in 1943.

Swanson plays the aristocratic, but impoverished Theodora Fitzgerald who has been forced by her father into marrying a wealthy, retired grocer. On her honeymoon she encounters the handsome Lord Bracondale (played by Valentino) when he saves her from a mountain climbing fall and the two embark on a passionate affair.

The Filmmuseum's historian Jan van den Brink has said that the 81-minute silent classic, which is now being restored, is "basically complete and basically undamaged".

It will be screened during the Filmmuseum Biennial in April 2005 — along with a new score that is being specially composed for the restored version's world première.

When the film was originally released in the Netherlands, it had the title Gouden Boeien (Golden Shackles) and this particular print has Dutch intertitles explaining the action.

More information at www.filmmuseum.nl.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004 + Pip Farquharson]

Subject: Dutch news +  Rudolph Valentino

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