Attention Hitchcock aficionados: one of the legendary director’s first films, 1923’s The White Shadow, was recently recovered in New Zealand and has been made available for free online. It is currently the earliest surviving Hitchcock film.
The film, long presumed lost was only partly recovered. About half of the silent film (42 minutes) has survived, so don’t watch it for the story. Even with what little remains, though, Hitchcock’s style (in its infancy) and his eye for dramatic staging are still pretty apparent.
The release of The White Shadow comes on the heels of a recent surge of Hitchcockmania, likely helped by the release of the Anthony Hopkins-starring biopic Hitchcock this past weekend.