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Lost Silent Films

I just found an article about lost silent films. Amazing how they can vanish without a trace and then be found decades later in the most unexpected of places. I'm glad they found the 1918 short The Cook with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. It's hilarious.

Here's the link: http://listverse.com/2014/01/15/10-great-lost-films-and-where-they-tur ned-up/


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I wish that someone would find two lost silent versions of Seven Keys to Baldpate - the 1916 and the 1925 versions. At least the 1917 version exists.

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Love for them to unearth more Lon Chaney and Theda Bara films

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What about the many silent films that never made it to video, DVD or Youtube? It's almost the same as lost.

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http://www.silentera.com/lost/index.html

"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."

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Quite a few of them that have been found surfaced in Eastern Europe. Exhibitors over there apparently didn't pay much attention to American copyright laws; they would rent or buy one or two 'originals,' then make dozens of unauthorized copies. It's kind of ironic that their piracy actually aided in the preservation of these films.

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I don't know how they can be lost, I know they were burned, thrown away, etc, but these films were sent all over the world, it's astonishing that there is no print outside the US, it's insane.

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Well they contained valuable silver nitrate. After the film had been shown on the circuit, it was like yesterday's newspaper.

They'd then send them off and get the silver recovered.

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get the silver recovered?? what do you mean?

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Well black and white film contains silver nitrate. There's some chemical process whereby they can get the silver salts back out, and then refine it into silver. Same with old x-rays.

I've had the chemical process explained to me, but I'm not really clever enough to understand it.

I'm told colour film contains silver too, but in far fewer quantaties.

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and what would they do with the silver?
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