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Dear Lang,
 
What was lost was Dreyer's first version of the film. The orignal negative
was lost in a fire shortly after the film opened in Denmark in the late 20s.
Dreyer made other versions from the outtakes and the foreign negatives. IN
1981, one of the two prints he made for Denmark showed up in a Danish mental
hospital, and so the original version is now preserved and is touring the
country with Richard Einhorn's new score (which is very good). It's also just
be copyrighted by  Gaumont under the Gatt treaty so  the other versions that
have been available will now disappear. Does this help?
 
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
275 West 96th Street, Suite 28C
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 865-7449
Fax: (212) 222-8952
Email: [log in to unmask]
 
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