Director John FordA silent John Ford movie from 1927 thought to have been lost forever is among a cache of 75 early US films that has been uncovered in a New Zealand vault.

The Ford film is Upstream, is a romance between an aspiring actor and a girl from a knife throwing act. Only a handful of Ford's early silent films have survived the ravages of time. The find also contains a trailer for the acclaimed directors Strong Boy from 1929.

The National Film Preservation Foundation called the collection, "a time capsule of American film production in the 1910s and 1920s" and said that about 70% of the nitrate prints were complete. The films were found in a remote storage vault held by the New Zealand Film Archive.

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