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Friday, May 06, 2005

Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in Cannes
One of the most exciting events at Cannes this year is not a new movie; it's the rediscovery and restoration of Beyond the Rocks (1922), a long-lost silent classic directed by Sam Wood (A Night at the Opera) and starring Rudolph Valentino (The Sheik) and Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard). Though he was one of the screen's all-time most popular luminaries, Valentino died at the young age of 31, leaving very few films behind, so every one of them is a gem to be treasured. Martin Scorsese has already provided a breathless blurb for the film, beginning with "It's a precious gift... A cause for celebration!" I'm sure Cannes will show the film in some magnificent venue with a brilliant live score (Henny Vrienten has composed a new one), but the rest of us poor earth-bound folk will have to wait for a potential stateside theatrical release, or, failing that, Milestone's DVD release.
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