Lost John Ford film found in New Zealand

Johnford_boffo A remarkable collection of 75 early American films, including a silent movie by “Grapes of Wrath” director John Ford, have been found in a New Zealand archive, according to the Guardian.

Titled “Upstream”, the John Ford film had long-been considered lost to Hollywood and is said to be the crown jewel in the find.

Discovered by a Los Angeles-based film preservationist, the 75 American pics largely derive from the 1910s and 1920s and include a short comedy directed by Mabel Normand as well as silent pics by female actors Clara Bow and Mabel Normand.

A deal with the National Film Preservation Fund has been struck to restore the films in San Francisco.

Silent_boffo “This is a wonderful group of movies,” NFPF director Annette Melville tells the Guardian. “About 70% of them are complete, which is extraordinary in itself, and many have their original colour tints.”

As for Ford, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is known to have made over 60 silent films between the years of 1917 and 1928 but only 10 are known to exist in complete form.

(Photos: Top: director John Ford. Below: A scene from “Why Husbands Flirt” (1918), one of some 75 silent movies, found in the archive)

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading