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Thursday, 20 May, 1999, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
Lost Lloyd George film gets showing
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David Lloyd George: Portrayed in two-and-a-half-hour epic
A British silent movie which was lost for over 75 years is to be shown in France this month.

The Life Story of David Lloyd George - a two-and-a-half hour epic about the UK's leader during World War I - had been presumed lost after it disappeared in 1918.

The film was rediscovered by the Welsh Film and Television Archive at the Hampshire home of Lord Tenby, Lloyd George's grandson, in 1994.

Now it has been restored, and it will be shown on 29 May to mark the 80th anniversary of the Versailles peace conference, which Lloyd George attended.

It will be shown in the open air at Spicherer Hoehen, near the border with Germany. It was the scene of heavy fighting in both world wars.

The film was directed by Maurice Elvey, who made 200 films between 1913 and 1957. Norman Page played Lloyd George, while his daughter Megan was played by Alfred Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville in her only known film role.

The film has already been shown at the National Film Theatre in London, as well as in Italy, Germany and Australia.

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