Lost Alfred Hitchcock film discovered 88 years later

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Parts of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films, 1923′s The White Shadow, have been discovered by the New Zealand Film Archive, according to the Associated Press. It is the only known copy of the silent film, which Hitchcock wrote, edited, and served as assistant director and art director. The film’s first three reels (three others remain missing or destroyed) were donated to the Archive in 1993 after the death of a projectionist who had collected old silent films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills will host a special screening of the film on Sept. 22.

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  • PDDB

    So someone donated the first three reels to a film archive organization in 1993 and only recently “found” them?? That does not sound like a company that is keeping good track of the films they have.

    • the world

      the organization must get thousands of donated film. it’s a miracle they even decided to sniff through it.

      • SC

        The original collector evidently didn’t know what he had either.

      • harry

        poor sucker right?

  • Sarah

    Very cool! Love Hitchcock!

  • Mincha

    If only it weren’t silent! Hitch’s films usually had such sharp, witty dialogue and scenes. Kinda makes me want to go all MSTK3000 on it, although I’m sure it’s a great film that can stand on its own.

  • Penny MoneyShot

    It will be interesting to look for elements of classic Hitchc
    ock style epecially with the absence of sound. It would also b e cool to add an updated sound track inspired by Hitch films. Remember Fritz Lang’s Metropolis?

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