Forgotten Silver
Forgotten Silver (1997)

This elaborate New Zealand farce is a chronicle of forgotten international cinema pioneer Colin McKenzie, a New Zealand native born in 1888. The filmmakers spice up the documentary with interviews with such film celebrities as Leonard… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 1997
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
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Consensus: This mockumentary about a non-existent New Zealand film pioneer and inventor features fake interviews and recreated archive footage that are so effective that many viewers were stunned to learn it wasn't real.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The sly joke of Forgotten Silver really registers.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Clever mockumentary.

Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Jackson is a gleefully, deliciously deranged filmmaker.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

a funny mockumentary of a legend that never was

Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

An uncanny deadpan take on the typical PBS or A&E biography.

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Rob Gonsalves

Quite aside from being perhaps the most elaborate prank in Jackson's career to date (or since), Forgotten Silver is a brilliant piece of moviemaking.

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Karina Montgomery

It will surely be as elusive to find in the video stores as any of the fake late genius' work, but if you can see it, do see it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Fantastic mockumentary.
Christopher Brown
Peter Jackson does a perfect job telling the story of a filmmaker who rivals Erich Von Stroheim and D.W. Griffith in the epic department. Though I find it did… More
Eric Broome
Cleverly written and executed, but I was surprised at how unfunny it was. Not in the sense of *failed* humor, but of humor not being attempted at all. The… More
Wu Chouin
Brilliant and hilarious mockumentary about a film pioneer. This is better than "Spinal Tap' in my opinion. A must see.
Buddy A
A rather funny mockumentary about Colin McKenzie, a man who (apparently) rivalled DW Griffiths, the Lumiere brothers, Edison, and George Melies in the early… More