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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the first Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!

THE SILENT TREATMENT: Valentino in "Beyond The Rocks" (1922)

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9/6 - 2:30PM
$12/free for members

Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla — or Rudy Valentino, for short, has endured as one of cinema’s sexiest and suavest figures in the art form’s short 118-year history, with more charisma in his back pocket than most stars achieve in their whole person throughout an entire career. Beyond The Rocks, Valentino’s 1922 feature long thought completely lost, pairs him with a female lead of equal stature: Gloria Swanson, fashion icon and one of the most celebrated silent sirens ever. Based on a scandalous romantic novel by Elinor Glyn (an early twentieth-century equivalent to Jackie Collins), Valentino and Swanson torridly court each other over fanciful, aristocratic trappings — an opulent ride that never gets old. In her final years, Swanson professed a wish to see Beyond The Rocks one more time, but as all prints of the film had either gone missing for decades, or had been destroyed, it just wasn’t possible. Thanks to the eagle eye of the film restoration community, a lone nitrate print was discovered in the Netherlands in 2003, and Beyond The Rocks now (re-)exists for our present-day viewing pleasure.
Dir. Sam Wood, 1922, 35mm, 82 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Beyond The Rocks”!
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