Lost Hollywood films from 1920s discovered in New Zealand vault

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A collection of 75 lost Hollywood film works, including the 1927 John Ford movie Upstream, have been rediscovered in a vault in New Zealand.

Only about 15 per cent of more than 60 silent-era films made by Ford are thought to survive.

The US National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) described the find at the New Zealand Film archive as a "time capsule of American film production from the 1910s and 1920s."

The works, which are on highly volatile and unstable nitrate film, and being shipped back to the US in special steel barrels.

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