SMALL TIME – 1996 UK
First of the director, shot when he was 20 years old in Nottingham suburbs, can be found only in VHS on of the last VHS editions for sure.
STEELYARD BLUES – 1973 USA
Jane Fonda, D. Sutherland, Peter Boyle, saw it in TV, strange film all right, 2007 region 1 DVD out of print.
FEAR AND DESIRE – 1953 USA
First of the great director, he wanted to destroy all copies of it, seen in some festivals so some prints might survived.
DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET – 1973 USA
Incredible never hear of it, my guilt, it seems there’s an 2004 DVD, it seems.
THE LATE SHOW – 1977 USA
Never heard of it, easy to find on DVD
KID BLUE – 1973 USA
Other with Oates, and Dennis Hopper, not legally available, this most be a good one a comedy western with Oates and Hopper.
SECONDS – 1966 USA
It seems that Beach Boys drummer Brian Wilson got so spooked with this one that he didn’t watch another movie until ET 16 years later, never saw it with Rock Hudson, the 2002 DVD edition has been long gone, good luck, try the VHS.
THE DAMNED – 1963 UK
One of Hammer weirdest movies, how’s that for a recommendation, few limited editions in DVD in the UK and on a US Boxset, very difficult to track down.
STRAIGH TIME – 1978 USA
Ulu Grosbard (who?)
Produced and on the main role there’s Dustin Hoffman, also with Theresa Russell, gary Busey, never hear of it must be good, no editions in Europe, for how long?
FEDORA – 1978 USA
A sequel to Sunset Boulevard!! Almost one, with William Holden again on it. Got deserted by the studio only edited in the US very difficult to track down
THE GREY FOX – 1982 CANADA
Never hear of it, Borsos was a Australian director, produced by Coppola’s Zoetrope (I guess that’s why the bankruptcy, only with lost films ), they say it’s very good , can be found only in VHS
YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW – 1966 USA
Initially made for Coppola’s University thesis (pay attention Silence), never saw it, with Rip Torn, Geraldine Page (was nominated for a Oscar), can be found only in VHS.
GAS FOOD LODGING – 1991 USA
Lost one!!! I saw it on cinema, can be found only in VHS, it deserved more it’s a great film as far as my memory goes.
BRITANNIA HOSPITAL – 1982 UK
Never saw it or heard of it my fault, with Malcolm McDowell, a 2004 DVD it’s out of print, and there’s an old VHS, both hard to find.
HEARTS OF THE WEST – 1975 USA
With Jeff bridges, never heard of it, revues are good, can be found only in VHS
SANTA SANGRE – 1989 ITALY
Lost!! Only a Spanish import didn’t know that.
DRIVE HE SAID – 1971 USA
With Karen Black and Bruce Dern. I never saw it, another only edited in Spain, but a DVD edition is being prepared.
SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY – 1987 USA
There’s a story of lawsuits in this strange bio that uses Barbie dolls, she was indeed a great drummer, not available.
OTLEY – 1968 UK
It says it a great film didn’t know it, can be found only in VHS
WEEKEND – 1967 FRANCE
Jean Luc Godard
Lost!!! This one, well I only saw it in television, there’s only an Artificial Eye edition that’s strange.
ROLLING THUNDER – 1977 USA
A Tarantino favourite, (they don’t know who owns the film, Sony or Warner!!), only in TV.
AMATEUR – 1994 USA
With Isabelle Huppert, never saw it , but must be good, considered Hartley most accessible work, can be found only in VHS
FINGERS – 1978 USA
Saw this one, with Harvey Keitel and Jim Brown, great film great performance from Keitel, can be found only in VHS, usually compared with Taxi Driver, but a very different film IMO
THE DEVILS – 1970 UK
Lost, not for me, but of course deserved a great DVD edition maybe from Criterion, but Warner still afraid of the film, can be found only in VHS, great film from a great director.
BREWSTER McCLOUD – 1970 USA
Never saw it or noticed it, a palm D’or nominee in 1972, US VHS edition only hard to find.
SWEET AND LOWDOWN – 1999 USA
This one is lost, never notice, Sean Penn, Samantha Morton (Oscar nomination), only a 2000 Us DVD edition.
FAT CITY – 1972 USA
Got this one yeah, great film, Keach is one of the lost actors from the 70’s 2002 DVD edition that I got by the way, it’s sold out (I wont sell it).
MATEWAN – 1987 USA
James Earl Jones on it, , issue problems with this modern day western never saw, can be found only in VHS.
GREED – 1924 USA
Erich Von Stroheim
Silent film, didn’t know this one, but have hear of it, started as a10 hours film reduced by the director to 4 hours (a big tennis match at Roland Garros), only available in a 90 VHS edition, hard to find and pricey they say.
THE PROWLER – 1951 USA
Losey was one the blacklisted directors back in the fifties, never saw this one, no edition at all.
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT – 1966 SPAIN/SWITZERLAND
Well this one is well known, the usual Welles problems on making films and issue rights, a Spanish edition do exists, but a real lost one.
THE OUTFIT – 1974 USA
Saw this one too a few years back on TV, Duvall, Robert Ryan, Joe Don Baker a true classic, can be found only in VHS, a very expensive one tape
THE LAST MOVIE – 1971 USA
Consider by Uncut the nº 1 of Lost films, imagine Hopper, and his troupe somewhere in Peru, where cocaine was almost fro free. Uncut made a special report (a very good one) about this film. Jodorowsky made a editing, Universal didn’t like it, and later Stewart Stern help editing again. There were more than 40 hours of footage, I think it never got release, but copies do circulate you know here, it really deserve a Criterion treatment.
Well in the end most of this are considered lost only because they’re editions are hard to find and are out of print, my notion of a lost film it’s a little bit different, and only three or four films in this list would fit on it, but in any case this is a great job, and it’s nice to find more about some of this films, at least for movie aficionados like us