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Alfred Hitchcock’s first film discovered

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Archivists in New Zealand have uncovered the first half hour of The White Shadow, the movie generally considered to be Alfred Hitchcock's first film. A then-twenty-four-year-old Hitchcock worked on the 1923 film as an assistant director, art director, editor, and writer under director Graham Cutts, who was a "hack" according to the National Society of Film Critics Chairman. 

The reel needs some serious preservation work before it can be screened in the U.S., as it was found among "a collection of unidentified American nitrate prints," where it has apparently been hiding since 1989. According to one Hitchcock scholar, the reels "offer a priceless opportunity to study [Hitchcock’s] visual and narrative ideas when they were first taking shape."

Oh, and the movie also features Betty Compton as a set of twins, one of whom is evil. The only way I could be more excited for this project would be if it also somehow involved Jon Hamm… I'm keeping my fingers crossed.