Friday, September 23, 2011

New Hitchcock Film Discovered

Last evening the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) screened a newly discovered Alfred Hitchcock movie. It was seen in Los Angeles for the first time in 80 years! The copy of the 1923 film, The White Shadow, was discovered in a New Zealand garden shed along with hundreds of others from that era. The movies had been hoarded by former cinema projectionist Jack Murtagh, who died in 1989.

Murtagh's grandson, Tony Osborne, sent the highly flammable nitrate prints to the New Zealand Film Archive for safekeeping. The lost film was discovered by the National Film Preservation Foundation; you can read more about it here.

At last night's screening, musician and composer Michael Mortilla and Nicole Garcia on violin provided the live musical accompaniment.

Get your chance to hear Michael Mortilla perform. A program, "Silent Films & Live Music," will be presented at the Burbank Central Library on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 PM. Mr. Mortilla will provide live accompaniment to a series of short silent films produced between 1910-1912. The films to be screened are Ramona (1910) starring Mary Pickford and directed by D.W. Griffith; Broncho Billy & the Schoolmistress (1912); Mexican Filibusters (1911), much of which was shot around Glendale, CA; and The Sergeant (1910), written and starring Hobart Bosworth, which includes remarkable footage of the Yosemite Valley.

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