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John R Groch <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 14 Jun 1994 11:06:39 -0400
John R Groch <[log in to unmask]>
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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.
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