AUSTIN, Texas -- The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin contributed to the restoration project of the 1922 movie "Beyond the Rocks," long considered one of the great lost films.
The silent film, starring Gloria Swanson, one of the greatest Hollywood stars of the era, and Rudolph Valentino, the first male sex symbol in film history, was missing for more than 75 years. Only a one-minute fragment of the film survived until catalogers at the Nederlands Filmmuseum discovered reels of the film in 2000.
The Ransom Center provided restorers more than 100 film stills from its Gloria Swanson archive. …