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February 1999, Week 4


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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Feb 1999 13:43:21 -0600
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Everyone knows that movies on TV are cut for time--sometimes drastically
so--but until now noone has quantified just how much has been cut from
specific films for specific screenings on US TV.  There's a new
organization that has begun tracking this:  The Artists Rights Foundation:

The ARF is underwritten by the Directors Guild of America and features
George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg as its "vice
presidents."  One concern of theirs, as explained on their Website is:

Movies on network television are altered from their original format. They are
   sped up. Edited down. Colorized, reformatted. A scene is left out, the
   is changed, dialogue is altered. Not by the film's creators, but by the
   and networks and syndications that own them.

So, they've begun tracking the editing of films for TV and have launched a
Consumer Movie Awareness Campaign.  Their Website lists the specifics of
movies edited for US television and features an "Edited Movie of the Week"
(this week it's DEAD MAN WALKING).

For example:

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE lost 15.21 minutes.
THE FUGITIVE lost 14.77 mins.
THE WAR OF THE ROSES lost a whopping 25.84 mins!

Jeremy Butler
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Telecommunication & Film/University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa/AL

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