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    (24) 11x14 stills from The Mountain Eagle, Alfred Hitchcock's second film. (Gainsborough, 1925; release delayed until 1926) The Mountain Eagle (aka Fear o' God) is only the second feature in the decades-long directing career of suspense-master Alfred Hitchcock, and sadly is his only lost film, for which not only no film footage exists, nearly no original release publicity material survived. Though Hitchcock himself dismissed the loss as insignificant, a film critic writing just after the end of the silent film era stated assertively that this film was actually far superior to the director's much more famous silent work The Lodger. Throughout the history of film as both a business and an art form, a little-known tradition has existed in the form of a courtesy from the studios to their favored stars, whether performer, director, producer, etc., of providing at request the highest quality possible master-prints of scenes or portraits for personal archival reference. Film legends who are known to have accessed this privilege include Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Marion Davies, Howard Hawks, etc., and now with the discovery of these 11 x 14 in. silver-bromide double-weight matte custom master-prints, we see that Hitchcock planned from the beginning of his career to carefully document it himself. This archive of (24) rose-sepia scene stills now roughly triples the total known existing pieces of first-generation origin for this vital entry in the great master's oeuvre, and the importance of this essential reference to the study and connoisseurship of film as art cannot be overstated. Prints are virtually unhandled, showing only faint silvering from age, and must have been properly stored from the time of their creation. Very fine.

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    December, 2012
    15th Saturday
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