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Researchers combing through a New Zealand film vault have found a lost work of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

The film, titled “The White Shadow,” was made in 1923 and released in 1924. It may be the earliest known work of Hitchcock, according to the National Film Preservation Foundation, which will help restore the movie along with the New Zealand Film Archive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Only three reels of the six-reel film are known to have survived, according to the New Zealand Film Archive.

“This is one of the most significant developments in memory for scholars, critics, and admirers of Hitchcock’s extraordinary body of work,” David Sterritt, author of “The Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” said in a statement. “These first three reels of ‘The White Shadow’ more than half the film offer a priceless opportunity to study his visual and narrative ideas when they were first taking shape.”

Hitchcock was 24 when “The White Shadow” was made. He had broken in to the film industry three years earlier.

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