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February 1998, Week 2


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Murray Pomerance <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 13 Feb 1998 10:54:49 -0500
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On preservation/renovation, last night I had the pleasure of seeing
BLOW-UP again, in what was to have been a restored print.  Parts of it
certainly seemed restored, though the park green didn't match the one in
my memory or Andrew Marvell's poem either.  But it was pretty good.  But
in other scenes both the color and the focus seemed wonky and bizarre.
I've seen this film a lot and never had the experience, for instance, of
the young female antique seller being *totally* out of focus.  One
nostalgic bite was the chance to see the full teeny-bopper scene: I think
it's been 31 years since I saw it just that way.
I write then, to ask if anyone knows details of the apparent restoration
of this film--details which could shed light on the inconsistency of a
print such I saw yesterday.  And also to say by way of informing
interested readers here that the audience response to the film was
charming--virtually the same as the one I remember from the theater in
Ann Arbor where I saw it in March of 1967.  Sighs and chuckles in all the
same places.  For brief milliseconds I was transported back and at one
point, I actually thought I caught the whiff of what Veruschka had been
smoking.  (p.s. In my memory, not in the screening room.)
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