Open, general discussion of silent films, personalities and history.
The Dutch collector who had a copy of Gloria Swanson's "Beyond the Rocks" which was just one of the more or less complete films found. He had a huge collection and apparently didn't always know what he had. Are there any more 'treats' in store for us especially in the form of silent features? I would only guess that since this collection was in the Netherlands, much of it ended up at that country's great archive, EYE(Filmmuseum).
In 2000 the Netherlands Film Museum inherited the collection of the 87-year-old Joop Van Liempd, which turned out to consist of 2000 rusty cans of film. Few were labelled, and those that were were generally wrongly identified. The process of identifying and cataloguing the cans was slow; but at an early stage researchers were intrigued to find one or two reels of the long-lost Beyond the Rocks . It was almost three years however before the rest - comprising almost the entire film - finally came to light, and the laborious and costly process of restoration - handsomely sponsored by the Amsterdam financiers ING - could begin.
I'd like to see a list of the films, but perhaps the process of labeling is still ongoing!
amongst 2,000 rusty cans of Joop van Liempd, there is also "The Floor Below". Excellent print.