Lost British silent film classic Love, Life and Laughter unearthed

Fascinating story in The Guardian and other outlets about the recent discovery of one of the top items on the BFI's 'Most Wanted' lost films list

The BFI has announced that the long lost film Love Life and Laughter, a rags to riches film starring Betty Balfour, has been rediscovered in Amsterdam.

The film was discovered last week in the EYE archives while researchers were going through a set of film cans that had been brought in from a building in the small Dutch town of Hattem, which was used as a cinema back in 1929. When the building was about to be redeveloped the man who discovered the cans brought them in to EYE hoping there might be second world war footage within.

Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the BFI National Archive, called it "a major discovery...it is very exciting for us, we've been looking for this one for a long time, so it's great news."



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