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A rare 1914 silent film was considered lost forever. A professor rescued it from a vault

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The Wall Street Journal, May 2023

A 1914 Japanese-American film was thought to be lost to time until a professor figured out the decaying reels were in a vault.

Professor Denise Khor of Northeastern University discovered a rare piece of movie history while she was doing research for a book about film culture. The reels she found in 2016 were believed to be the only known copy of “The Oath of the Sword.” It is among the earliest Asian-American films, historians said.

“It was a sheer miracle that this print survived,” said Khor, a professor of Asian-American and visual studies.

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