Lost footage from the first film Alfred Hitchcock ever worked has been uncovered in New Zealand.
Three reels from the 1923 silent drama, The White Shadow, were found at the Film Archive in Wellington among a cache of unidentified American nitrate prints.
Hitchcock, who was 24 years old at the time, was the melodrama’s assistant director as well as writer, editor and production designer.
The reels had been sent to the archive by the family of a New Zealand projectionist and film collector who died in 1989.
The film is to be restored and show in September at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.