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The Re-Premiere Of John Ford’s Upstream & The New Zealand Project

On Tuesday morning, Wamg was invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ special press preview of John Ford’s Upstream (1927), one of 75 films recently found in the New Zealand Film Archive and repatriated to the U.S. with the cooperation of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

The 1927 silent film, that was thought lost for decades, had it’s re-premiere Wednesday night, September 1, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Many of the VIP’s on hand included Silent Film Historians and those involved with the restoration, as well as the general public.

Having seen the film on Tuesday, I must say the transfer is absolutely beautiful. I was so impressed by the special care taken with the film’s clarity and how vibrant the tinting is on the multiple color frames throughout. The smoky special effects combined with the subtle transitions made me forget I was
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Long-lost collection of Us silent movies found in New Zealand

Long-lost collection of Us silent movies found in New Zealand
Wellington, June 8 (Dpa) A long-lost collection of silent movies has been discovered in New Zealand and is being returned to the Us, the government said Tuesday.

They include the only known copy of director John Ford’s 1927 film ‘Upstream’ and a 1923 comedy called ‘Mary of the Movies’, which is said to be the oldest surviving Columbia Pictures feature film.

The collection also includes a 1923 movie called ‘Maytime’, starring classic flapper beauty Clara Bow.

Christopher Finlayson, minister for arts, culture and heritage, said there were no known copies of these nitrate.
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New Zealand Vault Reveals Early John Ford Film, Previously Thought Lost

Talk about a treasure chest of films.

Over the weekend, a massive collection of early U.S. films, clocking in at a robust 75 films, was discovered in a vault in New Zealand. According to Variety, the collection of films will be preserved by the New Zealand Film Archive and National Film Preservation Foundation, along with the help of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, UCLA Film and Television Archive, as well as the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Modern Art to boot.

Among the films, there are films showing such things as how hats are made by Stetson, how someone can set an underwater explosive, and a neo-commercial for a Ford tractor trailer. However, the most interesting piece is not something like that at all.

Uncovered in this collection is an early film from the filmography of John Ford. Upstream, a film previously thought to have been lost,
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Lost Ford Film Found In New Zealand Movie Stash

Lost Ford Film Found In New Zealand Movie Stash
An early silent film directed by legendary moviemaker John Ford has been discovered in a stash of 75 rarities recently uncovered in New Zealand.

The 1927 feature, titled Upstream, tells the story of a romance between a Shakespearean actor and a girl from a knife-throwing act, and was previously thought to have been lost. Only 15 per cent of Ford's early works are believed to have survived into the present day.

The movie was released eight years before Ford won his first Academy Award for The Informer - he went on to land four coveted Best Director trophies, including prizes for The Grapes of Wrath and How Green Was My Valley.

The collection, discovered in a remote storage vault deep in New Zealand's movie archives, also includes 1923 film Maytime starring a young Clara Bow, and Won in a Closet, directed by and starring Mabel Normand.

Executives at the New Zealand Film Archive have struck a deal with America's National Film Preservation Foundation (Nfpf) and several other organisations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Museum of Modern Art (Moma), to have the reels returned to the U.S. for preservation, according to Variety.com.

The Nfpf has called the collection "a time capsule of American film production in the 1910s and 1920s", while Jamie Lean, of the New Zealand Film Archive, adds, "We hope that our example will encourage other international partners who have safeguarded 'lost' American films for decades to share their long-unseen treasures with the world community."

75 Early U.S. Films Discovered in New Zealand Vault; Includes Lost 1927 John Ford Feature Upstream

Seventy-five early U.S. films have been uncovered from a vault in New Zealand. According to Variety, the movies were found in a remote storage vault held by the New Zealand Film Archive (Nzfa). The Nzfa and the National Film Preservation Foundation will spend the next three years preserving and restoring the films in collaboration with a variety of other organizations.

This is an incredible find and fantastic news for all film lovers. But most exciting is that among the seventy-five films is the 1927 John Ford feature Upstream which is “a backstage romance between an aspiring actor and a girl from a knife-throwing act.” The film was previously thought to be lost due to nitrate deterioration. With all the ways to reproduce cinema in the modern age, it’s tough to wrap your mind around the concept that a motion picture released by a major studio (in this case, Fox) would disappear over time.
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