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If that doesn't work, email us at [email protected] we can help.Lon Chaney in London After Midnight (1927), one of the most sought-after lost films. copyright law required at least one copy of every American film to be deposited at the Library of Congress, at the time of copyright registration, but the Librarian of Congress was not required to retain those copies: "Under the provisions of the act of March 4, 1909, authority is granted for the return to the claimant of copyright of such copyright deposits as are not required by the Library." The phrase "lost film" can also be used in a literal sense for instances where footage of deleted scenes, unedited, and alternative versions of feature films are known to have been created, but can no longer be accounted for. A film that has not been recovered in its entirety is called a partially lost film.
This process can be very unpredictable: some nitrate film from the 1890s is still in good condition today, while some much later nitrate had to be scrapped as unsalvageable when it was barely 20 years old.
Stills have been used to stand in for missing footage when making new preservation prints of partially lost films. Four hundred stills and twenty seconds of the film itself are known to have survived.
Because a small loop of film exists, Cleopatra in the loose sense could be considered a "partially lost film".
The last known print was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire, leaving only a set of production stills as a visual record. For example, the 1922 film Sherlock Holmes was eventually discovered, but some of the footage is still missing.
Most film studios routinely had a still photographer with a large-format camera working on the set during production, taking pictures for potential later publicity use.