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This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows a scene from Cecil B. DeMilles silent film "Male and Female.” The Library of Congress has conducted the first comprehensive survey of American feature-length silent films and found 70 percent of them have been lost. Of the nearly 11,000 silent feature films made in America between 1912 and 1930, the survey found only 14 percent still exist in their original format.

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Study finds most US silent films have been lost

The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost due to decay and neglect over the past 100 years, allowing an original 20th century art form to all but disappear, according to a study released Wednesday.


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