Synopsis: Long-lost films by John Ford, Mabel Normand, and Alfred Hitchcock are brought back to life in LOST AND FOUND: TREASURES FROM THE NEW ZEALAND ARCHIVE. Treasures New Zealand draws from the extraordinary cache of nitrate prints safeguarded in New Zealand for nearly a century and preserved through a groundbreaking international partnership led by the National Film Preservation Foundation. None of the DVD’s films have been seen before on video; in fact, none were even thought to exist just four years ago.
The 3-1/4 hour DVD, playable worldwide, includes:
• John Ford’s Upstream (1927) and a preview for his lost feature Strong Boy (1929)
• The White Shadow (1924), 3 reels from the first surviving feature credited to Alfred Hitchcock, the assistant director, art director, writer, and editor
• Won in a Cupboard (1914), the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand
• Lyman H. Howe’s Famous Ride on a Runaway Train (1921), reunited with its sound-effects disc for the first time in decades
• Stetson’s Birth of a Hat (ca. 1920)
• The Love Charm (1928), a South Seas romance filmed in two-color Technicolor by Ray Rennahan and written by Duncan Renaldo (the “Cisco Kid”)
• Andy's Stump Speech (1924), directed by Norman Taurog, following funny-paper favorite Andy Gump (played by Joe Murphy) on the campaign trail
• The cartoon Happy-Go-Luckies (1923), 5 newsreel stories, and an episode from Dolly of the Dailies (1914) in which the unstoppable newspaperwoman saves the day and gets the scoop
Treasures New Zealand includes a 56-page illustrated catalog with forewords by Leonard Maltin and Chris Finlayson and program notes by Scott Simmon and David Sterritt; more than 180 interactive screens; new music created by Michael D. Mortilla and Donald Sosin; and a music video extra. The disc was digitally mastered and produced from the only source materials known to survive.
That films lost in the United States came to be found 7,000 miles away speaks volumes about the international popularity of American movies from the very start. By the late 1910s, American distributors circulated prints around the globe with the expectation that they would be shipped back or destroyed at the end of their runs. But some prints evaded destruction and made their way into public collections, like the New Zealand Film Archive. Today hundreds of American movies from the silent era that were not saved in the U.S. survive aboard.
The Treasures New Zealand films can be shared today thanks to the generous stewardship of the NZFA, the preservation work directed by 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, and the contributions of hundreds of donors. Net proceeds will support further film preservation.
Country of Origin: United States of America
Production Year: 1929