Saturday, November 24, 2012
Early Hitchcock film discovered, "The White Shadow"
For a limited time, you can view the first half of Alfred Hitchcock's first film, The White Shadow, discovered after some sleuthing by American archivist Leslie Lewis at the New Zealand Film Archive. This silent feature released by Hollywood in 1924 was thought lost, until Lewis identified two reels marked "Twin Sisters" and "Unidentified American film" as the first half of the picture (about 30 minutes). Credited as assistant director, Hitch also devised the plot, designed the sets, and edited the footage of what was billed as a "wild, atmospheric melodrama" starring actress Betty Compson as twin sisters, one angelic and the other "without a soul." Love the concept! If you get a chance to watch it, let us know what you think.
More Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train deluxe edition.