The Cinémathèque Française and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival are proud to announce the rediscovery of a lost Cecil B. DeMille production—Silence. The film was directed in 1926 by Rupert Julian and considered lost for many decades, but Cinémathèque Française has recently identified a complete original 35mm nitrate print, tinted and toned, with French intertitles. This adaptation of a successful Broadway play written by Max Marcin was "a mighty drama that held the New York audiences spellbound," according to Motion Picture News in 1926.
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinémathèque Française will restore the film in partnership and the restoration of Silence will receive its world premiere at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in June, 2017.
The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival takes place June 1–4, 2017, at the Castro Theatre.