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John R Groch <[log in to unmask]>
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John R Groch <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 14 Jun 1994 11:06:39 -0400
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First, with regard to Donna Cunningham's question about the availability
of "Rock Hunter": the film was cropping (no pun intended) up regularly on
American Movie Classics, though I haven't seen it there lately; it was
indeed the pan-and-scan print of which Jeremy wrote, and seeing it made me
weep. So if you wanted your own copy, you could tape it off the air from
Now my question: are there any groups devoted to the preservation of
CinemaScope films or, more broadly, of all widescreen aspect ratios? A
couple of years age, when I last taught a course on the Hollywood star, I
was shocked to discover that certain 'Scope films were not available even
in 16mm ("A Star is Born," "Seven Year Itch," and "How to Marry a
Millionaire" were the particular culprits; Films Inc. actually had a
'Scope print of "Millionaire," but said it was so badly damaged that they
refused to let it go out -- and that they had no plans for restoring it!).
I know little about preservation, but would be very interested in helping
such an effort. If anyone knows of any such group, I'd be grateful for
the info.
* John R. Groch | *
* English/Film Studies | "Work! FINISH! THEN sleep." *
* Univ. of Pittsburgh | -- The Monster, *
* Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | "Bride of Frankenstein" *
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