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In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema. A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute's National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of vintage film are stacked floor-to-ceiling.A score by composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has also been added to accompany the silent film.BFI curators have restored a wealth of films including Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films and footage of a legendary Everest expedition in 1924, in which two of the climbers died.Despite technological leaps, preparing the film begins with it being checked by hand.The Indian film is nearly 90 years old but BFI also holds films going as far back as the 1890s.
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