Nearly lost, “The Conquest of Canaan” returns to Asheville — after 96 years

On July 2, 2017, “The Conquest of Canaan,” starring Thomas Meighan and Doris Kenyon, will be screened at Asheville. North Carolina’s Grail Moviehouse. It will be introduced by me, Frank Thompson, the author of “Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era” and will feature live accompaniment by pianist Andrew Fletcher.

Long thought to be a lost film, “The Conquest of Canaan” was discovered in the 1980s at Gosfilmofond, the film archive in Moscow, Russia. A copy was purchased by an Asheville group and it was shown one time only in 1989 and never again. In 2016, I worked with a digital print of the film from Moscow to restore the film to something like its original form. I had the Russian intertitles translated into English and then had them put into the proper font used by Paramount in 1921. We premiered this new version in January, 2017 at Grail to four packed houses.

Now it’s back. All the information is here on Grail’s Facebook page, including how to order the tickets that are quickly disappearing.

And, oh yes, copies of “Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era” are on sale in the lobby. I’ll be there to sign them, too.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A727482134041020%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D


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