Footage from Alfred Hitchcock Scripted silent film The White Shadow found

Alfred Hitchcock presents… an excellent surprise for all film lovers.

According to the LA Times, the New Zealand Film Archive has announced that they’ve found the first 30 minutes of a silent film called The White Shadow. Released in 1923, and starring Betty Compson as good/evil twin sisters, it’s believed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s first credit. He worked as assistant director as well as writing the script, struggling under difficult director Graham Cutts, who is described as a “hack” by David Sterritt, Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, saying that “professional jealousy toward the gifted upstart made the job all the more challenging.”

The film was found in a collection of old American nitrates that had been brought to the archive in 1989, and was only discovered this year because up until now, the archive only had funding to restore their own country’s prints. Luckily for all of us, that has changed.

The film will have it’s grand re-premiere on September 22 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn theater.

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 22:48 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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