Tuesday Newsday – Earliest Hitchcock Film Recovered

August 9th, 2011

This has absolutely nothing to do with beauty, fashion, life or style, but I just think it’s pretty exciting. I love when things are discovered that were otherwise lost, especially when it comes to works of art that will never be duplicated. Other things that are pretty cool when you find them: your keys, the elusive second heel as you’re running out the door to a party, what you were going to say.

This found film by Hitchcock is one of his first ones. It’s a story of twin sisters, one angelic and the other ‘without a soul.’ You know, sounds like a few people I know and their siblings. You pick which one is witchwhich. Within the film there are mysterious disappearances, mistaken identities, steamy cabarets, romance, madness, and even soul-swapping. Sounds like I could get lost in this film…

Researchers combing through a New Zealand film vault have found a lost work of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. The film, titled “The White Shadow,” was made in 1923 and released in 1924. It may be the earliest known work of Hitchcock, according to the National Film Preservation Foundation, which will help restore the movie along with the New Zealand Film Archive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Only three reels of the six-reel film are known to have survived, according to the New Zealand Film Archive. Read more, if you dare…

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