'Alarming' Study Shows Just How Few Silent Films Have Survived

December 4, 2013 8:02 AM

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'Alarming' Study Shows Just How Few Silent Films Have Survived

The Library of Congress has created a worldwide database to track what’s left, a hopeful “road map to finding silent films we once thought were gone forever,” Martin Scorsese says.

A new study unveiled by The Library of Congress notes that a scant 14 percent of the feature films produced and distributed in the U.S. from 1912-29 exist in their original 35mm format.

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