Poster and publicity photo of Gloria Swanson in Madame Sans-Gêne, 1924
This film is now considered lost, and Swanson wanted very much to see it again before she died. Toward the end of her autobiography, published in 1980, she said in regard to her lost films:
“I would love to see them again and know they’re not lost forever. That, after all, was supposed to be the great virtue of pictures - that they would last forever. Alas, thousands upon thousands of early films, in the years when they were not being shown because they were not considered fashionable, or old enough to be museum pieces, crumbled in their cans. The celluloid disintegrated with age.”
One of Swanson’s lost films, Beyond the Rocks, was located in 2003. Sadly, she did not live to see it again, as she died in 1983.
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