Arne Andersen is associated with Landmark College in Vermont, where he acts as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, as editor of the quarterly College newsletter, and where he co-leads a film course. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
Arne has been a film fan since before conception, his mother and his aunt having been avid moviegoers in the twenties and thirties. He was brought up on the classics and avidly took to the revival house movement, which began at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass practically his back yard.
In the course of his 58 years he has seen thousands of films, first through television and revival houses, then by visiting national archives, and finally by tracking down rare VHS prints via a private collector network. He has contributed over 600 reviews to the Internet Movie Data Base and communicates with film fans world-wide, helping them track down VHS and archive-housed copies of must-sees. His life long hobby has been to see every film ever nominated in every category by the Motion Picture Academy (except for short subjects and documentaries). To date of the 2600+ movies that entails, he has only seven left to track down.
Arne's love of silent film began when he saw his first (MGM's THE KISS with Greta Garbo) at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts during his college years. Since then he has seen over three hundred of the surviving silent films and is in contact with archivists and private collectors, who have done individual research into existing silent material the world over.
The lists of "lost silent and early sound films" constitute current opinion of this network as to what exists and what does not. This is never (nor can it ever be) a concrete list, as surprises are constantly popping up (note the recent reclamation of THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, BEYOND THE ROCKS, TWO ARABIAN KNIGHTS and THE RACKET) from oblivion and feared-lost status.
These lists are merely "guidelines," primarily to separate what is known to have survived from what the experts fear to be gone forever. The greatest practical use for these lists is to prevent silent film fans from exhausting time and resources on seemingly fruitless missions to view that which is "lost" to us. A second use might be for those with time, money and resources at their disposal to narrow searches for identified "lost" films. Concrete lists of a director's or actor's work, for example, are more manageable than complete filmographies.
These lists are provided solely as an aid and resource for silent film fans. For anyone out there who can identify the location of a film on this list, we encourage you to contact this website so that we can both remove the film from the list and rejoice over its return to the fold.
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