Soviet Communist Party saved 194 lost Hollywood silent films…

Pretty amazing stuff:
In a large mahogany box embellished with silk pockets and Cyrillic lettering, 10 lost pieces of America’s cultural heritage recently landed in Culpeper, Va. – thanks, in a roundabout way, to the Soviet Union and a bureaucratic penchant for filing.

The box, a gift from the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library to the Library of Congress, contained digital copies of 10 silent films that had been thought to be lost to history. The titles, such as “Valley of the Giants,” produced in 1919, and “The Call of the Canyon,” produced in 1923, may seem unfamiliar, but the movies were made by some of the era’s biggest names.
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