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Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson
Directed by Sam Wood
Long considered a "lost" film until a copy was discovered in the Netherlands in 2000, this romantic melodrama teams silent cinema legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino for the first and only time. The story follows a poor girl (Swanson) whose betrothal to a wealthy older man is the cross she must bear, until she meets and falls in love with the dashing and aristocratic Valentino while on her honeymoon. The sweeping love story travels from England to the Swiss Alps, Paris, and the Sahara desert. There are even two historic flashbacks, one to pre-guillotine Versailles and one to ancient Egypt, which offer yesteryear examples of affairs of the heart. Based on the 1906 novel by Elinor Glyn.
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