John FordFor decades, silent film classics such as John Ford's 'Upstream' have been considered lost to history, victims of the highly volatile nitrate stock once used in the production of movie reels. Now, however, the truth has been discovered: the movies weren't lost at all, they were just in New Zealand.

Yes, New Zealand, which in recent years has become something of a filmmaking Shangri-La thanks to high-profile flicks such as 'The Lord of the Rings,' is now contributing to the movie world in a new, unexpected way, as The Los Angeles Times is reporting the discovery of a large number of silent features previously thought to be lost forever. Among the movies resting comfortably in the New Zealand Film Archive: the 1927 epic 'Upstream,' Clara Bow's 'Maytime' and a promotional film from Southern Pacific Railroad that dates to 1898.
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