Long-Lost Silent Films Turn up in New Zealand

normand There was a great story on NPR this week, reporting the recovery of hundreds of formerly lost films from the first two decades of the twentieth century (including the first surviving film directed by Mabel Normand, pictured).  One of the gems is an early film, Upstream, by John Ford, the director of classics such as Stagecoach and The Grapes of Wrath.  The story details the work done by the New Zealand Film Archive to identify and preserve these works, long thought destroyed.  This is a real boon to anyone interested in film history.  How long until they become available on DVD?

2 thoughts on “Long-Lost Silent Films Turn up in New Zealand

  1. I don’t know if I told you or not, but we have a DVD collection called “Unseen Cinema: Early Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941” that you might find interesting. We got it several years ago to review for the magazine, and it includes 7 DVDs and a 160-page book. If you want to borrow it sometime, just let me know! 🙂

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