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Archaeologists Uncover Giant Sphinx in Calif. Dunes

Cecil B. DeMille buried 'Ten Commandments' set in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

(Newser) - Archaeologists parted the sands in California to excavate one of the last remnants of old-time Hollywood: a giant plaster sphinx from the set of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. The director buried props from the epic movie (the 1923 silent black-and-white version, not the 1956 Charlton Heston blockbuster)... More »

70% of Silent Films Lost to Decay

Library of Congress conducts depressing study

(Newser) - The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost because of decay and neglect over the past 100 years, allowing an original 20th-century art form to all but disappear, according to a study released today. The Library of Congress conducted the first comprehensive survey of silent... More »

Lost Part of Film History Found in Barn

Important Mary Pickford movie found, restored

(Newser) - Just before tearing down an old barn in New Hampshire, a contractor did one last check and discovered a treasure: seven reels of film that he donated to the Keene State College Film Archives, reports the college . It has since determined that at least four of those films were ones... More »

Alfred Hitchcock's First Film Found

Silent movie from 1923 discovered in New Zealand vault

(Newser) - Here's a plot twist Alfred Hitchcock likely never envisioned: The earliest feature film he worked on has finally been discovered in the vaults of a New Zealand archive. A nitrate film expert found the long lost 1923 British movie White Shadow, which credits the then-24-year-old Hitchcock as writer, assistant... More »

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