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FILM PRESERVATION


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WHY PRESERVE FILM?

Not long ago, in my ongoing search for better copies of Cary's movies, I contacted a fellow who was searching for "Gambling Ship" for me.  He did find the film, only to discover a crumbling mess.  Useless ... lost.

Unless film is cared for, it decays. Film is fragile.

"Big Brown Eyes" is one of my favorite 'hard-to-find' Cary Grant films.  I believe it to be the first real insight into Cary's screwball comedy.  His delivery isn't as polished, but you can see the beginnings of the Cary Grant whose physical comedy and pratfalls eventually made the screwball comedy of "The Awful Truth" his genre.  Where is "Big Brown Eyes?"  Is it lying crumbled in a film can in a Paramount vault?  Is the last viable copy stored away in an ancient theater somewhere?  (Update: "Big Brown Eyes" is now available on DVD!!)  

With these thoughts in mind, I begin this section on film preservation.  I'll post just a couple of links right now.  As my knowledge grows, so will this section.   

To learn more about Film Preservation, visit:
  National Film Preservation Foundation
  Association of Moving Image Archivists
  Image Permanence Institute


Association of Moving Image Archivists
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