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Dennis Doros <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 2 Sep 1998 16:56:54 EDT
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In a message dated 9/2/98 3:12:20 PM, Jessica Rosner wrote:
<<Wenders in a special case. HE DID IT HIMSELF. He took all his films that he
owned ( most) pulled them and I actually heard he destroyed some of the
English subtitled negatives. It is a terrible situation but for whatever
reason, it was HIS choice>>
Actually, it was a bit more complicated than this. About 10 years ago, Wenders
was willing to have New Yorker or Kino release his films again but there were
no English subtitled negatives or they were badly done (I can't remember
which). In those days, most 35mm prints were struck off AB rolls or internegs
and had burned-in subtitles. It was estimated that it would cost approximately
$100,000 to $200,000 to bring the collection up to speed and neither company
was willing to make the investment. As for destroying his material, the only
story I heard was that he had hated his version of The Scarlet Letter so much
that he burned it. However, when I asked an associate of his, he just laughed
and said of course not.
I would not put it past the vagueries of history that the 16mm negatives with
New Yorker are either still there or have been lost.
Milestone Film & Video
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