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Silent Betty Balfour film 'masterpiece' found in Holland

8 April 2014 Last updated at 22:13 BST

A lost masterpiece of British silent cinema has been discovered in the Netherlands.

Love, Life and Laughter, written and directed by George Pearson, was made in 1923 and had been one of the British Film Institute's 75 "most wanted" films.

Starring Betty Balfour, Britain's most successful silent actress, it told the story of Tip Toes, a chorus girl who falls for an impoverished author.

The BFI says it hopes to screen the 90-minute film in the UK later this year.

Brenda Emmanus reports.

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