Lost Victor Sjöström silent film rediscovered
The Film Heritage Direction of the CNC in Bois d'Arcy has rediscovered a print of the long lost Judaspengar / The Price of Betrayal, directed by Victor Sjöström in 1915.
The sensational find was announced in October this year, and the element which was identified is a nitrate Swiss distribution print from the film's release, with French and German intertitles. The unearthed print is almost complete and is 755 meters, compared to the film's original length of 799 meters.
The film was produced by AB Svenska Biografteatern and was shot in the summer of 1915, and released in November later the same year. Egil Eide and John Ekman play the main characters in this drama where poverty and hardship leads an unemployed man to give up his friend, wrongly accused of murder.
CNC and the Swedish Film Institute will collaborate on the restoration of the film in 2018, when viewing copies also will be made. With this discovery, 16 of Sjöström's 42 Swedish silent films are preserved.
Published 18 December 2017