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Eye on Sound: Beyond the Rocks

Sam Wood / US, 1922 / 81 min.

One of the great ‘lost’ films from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Hollywood legends Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson – the Johnny Depp and Scarlett Johansson of their times – star in this superb melodrama. With live musical accompaniment.

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Swanson plays 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 has reluctantly agreed to marry for her father”s sake.


For decades Beyond the Rocks was considered one of the great “lost” films from Hollywood”s Golden Age. The discovery of Sam Wood's classic by the Filmmuseum made international headlines.

After a complicated process of conservation and restoration, Beyond the Rocks world premiered for the second time at the 2005 Filmmuseum Biennale. The film was subsequently screened at a number of festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

With live accompaniment by pianist Martin de Ruiter.

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Sam Wood

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Eye on Sound: Beyond the Rocks


81 min.



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Eye on Sound

With Eye on Sound, Eye focuses on the special relationship between image and sound. Expect live music to silent films, live bands from today to classics of yesteryear, brand new scores to films from the versatile Eye collection and special attention to the often neglected art of sound design.

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