Lost silent film directed by architect to hit big screen 80 years on

A silent movie, directed by a man who later became a noted US architect and thought to be lost forever, has been found in the vaults of a New York City museum and will once again be projected on the big screen.

Gaston Lance directed the 1926 melodrama, complete with Hollywood stars being restored for a late summer screening at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater – the first theater it was projected at more than 80 years ago.

“Eyes of the Totem” is a story of a woman who sacrifices everything for her daughter’s welfare.

“Not only is the film a boon for Tacoma but also for the movie world,” said local historian Michael Sullivan. “The discovery of an intact American silent movie that was made outside of California is extremely rare. Only a handful exist.”