Sam Wood / US, 1922 / 81 min.
'HKU Meets Eye' is a special annual live performance event to accompany a silent film. Composition students of HKU’s Music and Technology programme composed music for Beyond the Rocks, the Hollywood classic that was believed lost. The score is performed live by the Keuris Ensemble headed by Henry Kelder.
One of the great 'lost' films from Hollywood’s Golden Age. The stars in this melodrama are Hollywood legends Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson – the Johnny Depp and Scarlett Johansson of their time. With live musical accompaniment. Swanson is Theodora Fitzgerald, the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat. Valentino is the amiable Count Hector Bracondale, a man infinitely more interesting than the middle-aged millionaire Theodora agreed to marry for her father’s sake.
For decades, Beyond the Rocks was believed to be one of the great ‘lost’ films from Hollywood’s Golden Age. The discovery by the Filmmuseum of this classic by Sam Wood made international headlines.
Following a painstaking process of conservation and restoration, Beyond the Rocks world premiered for the second time at the Filmmuseum Biennale 2005. The film was subsequently screened at a number of festivals, including the Film Festival at Cannes in 2005. HKU Meets Eye is an annual live performance event to accompany a silent film.
This year, students of music scored Beyond the Rocks, which will be performed live by the Keuris Ensemble headed by Henry Kelder.
The Keuris Ensemble are: Vera van der Bie (violin, viola, musical saw), Rebecca Smit (cello), Anna voor de Wind, (clarinet, bass clarinet), Marijn Migchielsen (bass trombone), Jeroen Geevers (percussion), Henry Kelder (piano, organ, artistic director).
The composers: Ruud van der Made, Mark Schuit, Jelle van Oosterom, Yunus Kiran, Dennis Jonker, Julian Tjon Sack Kie, Thijs Gooszen, Thijs van der Goot.
The sound designers: Cyril Jansen, Sebastian Reynaert, Casper Molin.
Audio engineers: Damian Bosch, David Kolder, Ian van Kastel, Jesse Knoppert, Joerie Braams, Levai Huizer, Martijn Vink, Thijn Moons.
Beyond the Rocks
Eye on Sound
What would Sergio Leone’s films be without Ennio Morricone’s world-renowned scores? And what remains of Blade Runner without Vangelis’ unworldly synthesizers? Who doesn’t immediately think of Miles Davis’ languid nocturnal jazz in the case of Ascenseur pour l’échafaud? Music and sound are an essential part of the cinematic experience. In fact, they are vital to the experience of film.