What lost film would you give anything to see?

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Scoundrel » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:48 pm

Cast my vote for Browning's first cut of FREAKS as well.

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A BLIND BARGAIN
The Lugosi Frankenstein screen test
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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by silentmovies742 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:03 pm

A Lover's Oath/Omar Khayyam is pretty high on my list at the moment. The thirty seconds or so that exist do look rather beautiful.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by limsgirl » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:53 pm

1. London After Midnight
2. Damaged Goods
3. Hollywood
4. The Miracle Man
5. Convention City (not a silent, but still would love to see it!)

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Danny Burk » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:22 am

THE CASE OF LENA SMITH - von Sternberg's last silent

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by seaquest » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:27 pm

I'd love to see The Patriot (1928) or The Way Of All Flesh (1927). Four Devils (1928) would also be a joy, although it's an obvious choice. The complete unedited versions of La Roue (1923) and Napoleon (1928) would be glorious to experience!

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Keatonesque » Fri May 04, 2018 4:24 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:Mike beat me to Four Devils, so I'll just add The Way of All Flesh (1927) to the pile.

There's probably a long list of ground-breaking European films I'd love to see which are lost to the wars and/or the ravages of time, but no titles are coming to mind.
4 Devils would likely top my list too, along with all the lost Ozu silents. Mizoguchi perhaps too. Chances are there are all too many silent gems from Asia lost indefinitely. London After Midnight would be fascinating, but it doesn't sound like a plot anywhere near the quality of, say, The Unknown. On the other hand, Garbo's Divine Woman is probably right behind 4 Devils for me, if only because it's the only Garbo silent missing, and the 9-minute reel with Lars Hanson that exists is sublime. Against all logic, I'm still hoping and praying 4 Devils and Divine Woman are discovered someday. No hoaxes. I'll also add Kiss Me Again solely because it's Clara Bow in a Lubitsch romantic comedy. What more could one ask for? :wink: Oh, and The City Gone Wild with Louise Brooks, which is permanently lost. One of the saddest, tragic stories about a lost silent that was nearly rescued by David Shepard in 1971 when the film was still very much salvageable. Truly depressing knowing how close Shepard was to rescuing it. Ironically, Brooks herself got to see it again before she died. We never will.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by wich2 » Fri May 04, 2018 6:28 pm

"Give anything?"

None!

"Like very much to see?"

Among others:

- LIFE WTHOUT SOUL

- THE RIGHT TO BE HAPPY

- (Uncut) THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Donald Binks » Fri May 04, 2018 7:40 pm

Where should I start? Probably most Australian features - as only about 3-5% of the entire output has been retained the rest is lost. I would particularly like to see more of the O'Donagh sisters' work.

Also, possibly high on the list would be "London after Midnight", mainly because so much fuss seems to have been made of it - so I would like to see it to judge for myself.
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Unread post by donwc1996 » Sat May 05, 2018 11:06 am

There are so many Lost films that I'd love to see-films with major actors like John Gilbert, George O' Brien, Gloria Swanson or all the lost westerns. But what would be really great is if more films-that are part of collections or on the museum circuit--could be more available for viewing on dvd or TCM. There are a lot of films that fall into this category.

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Unread post by allen john » Sat May 05, 2018 11:29 am

Murnau's Expulsion and Four devils.

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Unread post by wingate » Sat May 05, 2018 12:19 pm

I am going to stick to British films.So the 30-40 films made at Warners Teddington Studios that don't survive.Also most of the British Lion thirties output lost in the war.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by sherry » Sat May 05, 2018 1:05 pm

The lost footage for The Phantom of the Opera ( the deleted Leroux-faithful ending ).
Probably The Ghost Breaker (1922) with Wallace Reid to compare to the Bob Hope version.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by mwalls » Sat May 05, 2018 2:11 pm

Donald Binks wrote: Also, possibly high on the list would be "London after Midnight", mainly because so much fuss seems to have been made of it - so I would like to see it to judge for myself.
As much as I would love for every movie to be found and released, it might be better for that one to remain lost. No way could it live up to the hype that has surrounded it.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Keatonesque » Sat May 05, 2018 2:12 pm

mwalls wrote:
Donald Binks wrote: Also, possibly high on the list would be "London after Midnight", mainly because so much fuss seems to have been made of it - so I would like to see it to judge for myself.
As much as I would love for every movie to be found and released, it might be better for that one to remain lost. No way could it live up to the hype that has surrounded it.

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Agreed. I'd much rather see The Big City miraculously turn up. The plot sounds far more intriguing.

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by 2 Reel » Sat May 05, 2018 4:30 pm

I can narrow it down to 300, but I'll only list the first 7 here:
War Brides (1916)
Intolerance (1916) (the first director's cut)
Grant, Police Detective (1916-1917) the entire serial
The Battle Cry of Peace (1918)
Forever (1921)
Hollywood (1923)
The Noose (1928)
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sun May 06, 2018 1:54 pm

For starters, two from Howard Hawks:

THE ROAD TO GLORY (1926)
THE AIR CIRCUS (1928) [have seen rumours of it's existence)

And...

ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1926)
WANDERER OF THE WASTELAND (1924)
MARKED MEN (1919)

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by telical » Sun May 06, 2018 4:01 pm

Of course, "Hops, the Devil's Brew" (1916) and I want it shown during halftime of the Superbowl... :D

Edit: I always thought this was about beer, but turns out it's about opium. :(
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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Mon May 07, 2018 3:11 pm

And of course THE JUNGLE (1916) if not already mentioned...

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Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

Unread post by Michael Arlt » Sat May 12, 2018 1:01 pm

Hats Off (1927)
The Way Of All Flesh (1927)
Flaming Youth (1924)
Convention City (1934)

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