Lost Hitchcock Film Found
August 3, 2011 by Post Team
The film, titled “The White Shadow” was made in 1923 and released in 1924. You can be the first known work of Hitchcck, according to the National Film Preservation Foundation, which will help restore the film, along with the New Zealand Film Archive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, Library of Congress The Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Only three reels of the film reel of six known to have survived, according to the Film Archive New Zealand.
Hitchkock is credited with writing the film and its assistant director, editor, assistant director and art director. Graham Cutts was the director.
“This is one of the most significant developments in the memory for scholars, critics and admirers of the extraordinary mass of Hitchcck’s work,” David Sterritt, author of “Alfred Hitchcck’s films,” he said in a statement. “These first three reels of” The White Shadow “- more than half of the film – offers a valuable opportunity to study visual and narrative ideas when they were taking shape.”
Hitchcck was 24 when “The White Shadow” was made. He had broken into the film industry three years ago.
Sterritt said Cutts have to work on achieving Hitchcck did in “The White Shadow” more noticeable.
“With only 24 years, Alfred Hitchcck wrote the film scene, designed the sets, editing images, and served as assistant director Graham Cutts, whose professional jealousy talented newcomer made the job even more difficult,” said Sterritt in the statement.
Film archivists describe “The White Shadow” as “a wild melodrama starring Betty Compson air in a double role of twin sisters, one angelic and the other” soulless “.”
It has the “mysterious disappearance, mistaken identity, cabarets vapor, romance, casual encounters, insanity, and even the Transmigration of Souls,” the statement said the movie file. “The critics blamed the improbable story, but praised the performance and” cunning of production. “”
The three reels of the film is in the collection of Jack Murtagh, New Zealand projectionist. His grandson, Tony Osborne, gave the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive after Murtagh died in 1989.
Leslie Anne Lewis of the National Film Preservation Foundation was the investigation of the films in the archive of New Zealand when she found two prints that looked to her as the work of a master, according to the file.
New Zealand’s inventory file listed the film as “Two Sisters” and missing the opening credits. Lewis was able to use the stars of the film, the distributor and the arguments for linking with movie reviews of the time and make a positive identification, according to the file.
The reels are highly flammable nitrate. Production technicians Park Road Post Wellington, New Zealand, black and white make duplicate negatives as part of the restoration process.
“We feel privileged to be involved in such an important project,” said Chief Brian Scadden lab in a statement.
Internet Movie Database lists Hitchcck as a director of 67 titles, both in film and television. He was nominated for best director Oscar five times without winning, but his 1940 film “Rebecca” won best picture. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement during the 1967 Oscar ceremonies.
Hitchcck directed his last film “Family Plot” in 1976. Other notable films include “The Birds” (1963), “Psycho” (1960), “Rear Window” (1954) and “Lifeboat” (1944). He died in 1980.
Once “The White Shadow” is reset, the plans will be made for public screenings and viewing online, according to the film archive.
Because only the first three rolls of film have been found, the end will, of course, be a cliffhanger.
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