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Oldest Surviving Film From The Legendary Alfred Hitchcock Found

Coming straight from is the news that Alfred Hitchcock (who would be turning 112) has a lost film that was currently found by archivists and preservationists in New Zealand.

The film, dated 1924, is titled "The White Shadow" which stars Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sters — one angelic and the other “without a soul” — turned up among the cache of unidentified American nitrate prints safeguarded at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington. The first three reels of the x-reel feature were found; no other copy is known to exist.

Below is more news on the find and to read even more vit

“These first three reels of The White Shadow — more than half the film — offer a priceless opportunity to study

visual and narrative ideas when they were first taking shape,” said David Sterritt, chairman of the National Society of Film Critics and author of The Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

The title will be preserved at Park Road Post Production in New Zealand, and a new preservation master and exhibition print will be sent to the U.S. Plans for a “re-premiere” screening will be announced this week.

The Hitchcock film was among the many lent-era movies salvaged by New Zealand projectionist and collector Jack Murtagh. After his death in 1989, the highly flammable nitrate prints were sent to the NZFA for safekeeping by Tony Osborne, the collector’s grandson.

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Shakelford, J. Rusty Wednesday 8/03/2011 at 04:24 AM | 79847