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a question by Dec 11, 2010
There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of silent films that have gone missing over the years. Which of these films would you like to see recovered?
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answered:    January 03, 2011
I know there was a Chaney Flick (something about midnight) that only photos exist where he has that stove pipe hate and the face similar to the Phantom face. I am sure that was an excellent film and that it would be an instant classic.
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January 03, 2011
Yes, the lost 1927 film "London After Midnight" in which Chaney plays a detective who pretends to be a vampire in order to reveal the identity of a killer. What's interesting about that particular film is that the makeup has become legendary and the film is remembered mainly for it. Critics and audiences at the time weren't very fond of the plot or the film itself and many film historians say that if it was recovered, it wouldn't be recognized so much for its value as a piece of art or entertainment, so much as for Chaney's bizarre and frightening appearance. The director of "London After Midnight" later remade the film with Bela Lugosi as "Mark of the Vampire", though Lugosi plays an actor hired by the detective rather than the detective himself and his role is rather minimalistic.
January 03, 2011
I would still love to see it to decide for myself.
January 03, 2011
As would I. There are so many silent films that are lost (apparently 90% of all movies from before the 1930s are missing) and this is one that I'd love to see if for not other reason than Chaney is in it.
February 26, 2011
A number of reasons. Some were destroyed by being improperly stored, some were destroyed in fires and floods, some were burnt by the studios to retrieve the silver in the film nitrate, and many just deteriorated over time as old film does naturally. That's why film restoration is so important but also so hard to do.
 
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