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[ books pdf ] A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the MoviesAuthor Dennis Bartok –

A Thousand Cuts Is A Candid Exploration Of One Of America S Strangest And Most Quickly Vanishing Subcultures It Is About The Death Of Physical Film In The Digital Era And About A Paranoid, Secretive, Eccentric, And Sometimes Obsessive Group Of Film Mad Collectors Who Made Movies And Their Projection A Private Religion In The Time Before DVDs And Blu Rays The Book Includes The Stories Of Film Historian Critic Leonard Maltin, TCM Host Robert Osborne Discussing Rock Hudson S Secret S Film Vault, RoboCop Producer Jon Davison Dropping Acid And Screening King Kong With Jefferson Airplane At The Fill East, And Academy Award Winning Film Historian Kevin Brownlow Recounting His Decades Long Quest To Restore TheNapoleon Authors Dennis Bartok And Jeff Joseph Examine The FBI S And Justice Department S Campaign To Harass, Intimidate, And Arrest Film Dealers And Collectors In The Early S Many Of Those Persecuted Were Gay Men Victims Included Planet Of The Apes Star Roddy McDowall, Who Was Arrested InFor Film Collecting And Forced To Name Names Of Fellow Collectors, Including Rock Hudson And Mel Torm A Thousand Cuts Explores The Obsessions Of The Colorful Individuals Who Created Their Own Screening Rooms, Spent Vast Sums, Negotiated Underground Networks, And Even Risked Legal Jeopardy To Pursue Their Passion For Real, Physical Film The Book Is Published By University Press Of Mississippi

7 thoughts on “A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies

  1. says:

    Very interesting book about film collectors,especially in the USA ,although there is a chapter on the English collecting scene.Highly Recommended to film collectors.

  2. says:

    Great seller and Great book

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    A Thousand Cuts The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Bartok and Joseph It is a tale surprisingly rarely told, of the history of film collecting in the US over the last few decades It s a history full of quirky, larger than life personalities who used to treasure, trade and hoard 35mm prints of Hollywood classics, as well as the ephemera of the age, with an obsession that sometimes fell foul of the law the MCPA had a phase, a couple of decades or so again of going after this group especially and dragging them to court Besides outside of the community at least the unknowns, collectors also included such stars as Roddy McDowall and Rock Hudson, the former of which was a real cause celebre for his later disasterous problems with the copyright police, prefiguring today s anti piracy battles Based on a series of interviews with some of the surviving individuals, and rich in anecdote, the book is for me, any rate a fascinating account of a hobby which incidentally helped to preserve some of the nation s heritage, but which these days has sadly been rendered defunct by changes in technology Whereas back then a print of a film was the thing to own and printed artefacts, original posters and so on, were less valuable today the opposite is the case, and the old 35mm prints are rapidly losing value, the old projectors being widely junked This, while the advent of the internet and the digital archive has meant that previously hard to see films are instantly available But one can relate to old vinegary smell of nitrate stock, and the quality of an image from off celluloid, and of the imperative of owning a print rather than a copy of a copy, as discs are of one s own The unspoken comparison is with the alleged clinical quality CD s, and raspy MP3s, against the old, warmer LP format, now making a resurgence amongst aficionados of sound Could the same ever happen with cinema Bartok writes with sympathy and well of a world now behind us, almost quaint in it obsessions but somehow still relevant.

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    A Thousand Cuts is a painful book to read It s painful to me because I remember the vanished world of 16mm film collectors who used to populate the cinema landscape Once upon a time, in another life, I ran a film society Through my thankless efforts to show movies and publish a journal devoted to film, I became acquainted with the collectors where I lived They were a different breed, dedicated to the silver shadow on the screen I worry they may all be gone.As the authors say Is film collecting truly dying As of the writing of this book, the major Hollywood studios have almost completely phased out striking 35mm prints of new feature films for commercial distribution, and the major theater chains are likewise completing their conversion of cinemas to digital projection So, in short order, there will be almost no new supply of 35mm prints to feed the collectors market and very few places to show them even if there were, outside of cinematheques and museums In some ways, A Thousand Cuts is a sequel to another book about film collectors, Land of a Thousand Balconies by Jack Stevenson, published in 2003 The other book came out when DVD s were supplanting film collecting and there were still plenty of video stores you could rent movies from every day Now, the video stores have gone the way of the Drive In I count myself fortunate to have seen two forms of entertainment medium rise and fall Everything can be found on the Internet these days and you can always order the special edition Blu ray if you re really dedicated Gone are the days when I had to see Animal House a third time to hear what Dean Wormer and Carmine were discussing because the laughter of the audience drowned out their conversation.The authors were involved with film preservation over the years, so they were able to meet many of the people in this book before deciding to do the interviews Because that is what this book really is a beloved rogue s gallery of renegades who made it possible to show Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter in your living room to a group of friends so long as you didn t tell the wrong people These were the completest, those who had to have every copy of film they could find to show every other week They survive today in the form of The Secret Cinema in Philadelphia.The book talks a lot about the fragility of movie film The best prints are those made with the dye transfer method, I B Technicolor In film collector circles I used to hear the words I B Tech mentioned with holy reverence One friend of mine bemoaned most of his collection would someday fade to read because it wasn t blessed with the I B Tech transfer method At least the modern film isn t explosive, although is prone to vinegar syndrome, i e breaking down from the release of acetic acid in the film if not stored properly It s not only lack of access to new prints that s suffocating film collecting the existing prints all carry the seeds of their own destruction inside them The basic composition and processing of film slowly, inexorably eat away at the stock itself, producing a gripping odor and physical decay known as vinegar syndrome, or film rot As my writing partner Jeff a former film dealer himself explains it, acetate plastic decomposes on its own over time that produces the odor acetic acid that smells like vinegar Things like unwashed chemicals, scratch removal chemicals, and mostly heat and humidity all exacerbate a natural process Properly stored, current film stocks should last for well over a century but for older prints, the best guess is usually a smell test to see if there s a whiff of vinegar syndrome, which can hop from print to print like an airborne virus Some collectors put their vinegared prints in the freezer to try to slow the process, a habit that probably sits well with the non film collector partner But it s the portraits of the people who worked so hard to out maneuver the big studios and sell prints of films that make this book shine It s hard to remember the day before VHS tape was everywhere In the pre Empire Dark Days, you had to own a physical copy of the film if you wanted to watch it This also meant owning a 16mm film projector to show the film There sprung forth on the horizon a clandestine industry of men who had access to movie labs They could make you a dupe of just about anything.This led to a crackdown as the FBI went after people who trafficked in bootleg film in the 1970 s It s not well known, but a certain adult film was duped so many times it s doubtful if anyone ever saw an original Several famous movie actors came home from their daily calls to greet a man with a badge Roddy McDowell had his film collection seized Rock Hudson built a secret film vault behind a fireplace in his mansion Some people ended up doing time.But there is also the moment of discovery in this book The dedicated collectors who found their own personal Holy Grails For Philadelphia area collector Wes Shank, it was realizing in a blinding flash that he d laid his hands on four minutes of missing footage from the original 1933 production of King Kong, including censored images of Kong the ape toying erotically with Fay Wray s dress and stomping munching on a handful of doomed natives As Shank remembers the moment of the discovery, I started unwinding the film and letting it go onto the floor That s interesting wait a minute I don t remember any such scene in the film Then it hit me invaluable Kong Could it be I went down and put it on a pair of rewinds Oh my god This is the lost footage I can t give this book a high enough recommendation I read it through it in several sittings Time became still as I flipped through each page And all I could hear in the background was the whirring of a projector.

  5. says:

    Terrific read, I couldn t put it down There were people I know on almost every page, and I found out some information on old friends that I wish I HADN T found However, it s a story of Film Collectors that had to be told, and when I finished the book, I wanted it to go on forever If you love motion picture FILM, NOT VIDEO, buy this book and enjoy it It chronicles an era that will never return.

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    If you love the movies A Thousand Cuts will keep you riveted from start to finish Dennis Bartok and his writing partner Jeff Joseph have done a magnificent job chronicling this rarely explored corner of Hollywood cinema history and collecting.Even if you never touched a single frame of film, if you enjoy TV shows such as Pawn Stars and American Pickers you ll love the tales told here it s not hard to imagine than a few of the characters profiled showing up on either of the aforementioned shows As stories are presented as vignettes, it s fun to pick up, read a bit and then revisit later for adventures it s like having late night drinks conversation with a fascinating friend One of the most honest books I ve read in ages and probably my favorite read of 2016.

  7. says:

    A wonderful insight into the 20th Century secretive world of film collectors and film collecting and the sad era of governmentpersecution 1970 s when copyright was deemed as sufficient cause for individual citizens to not own a private library or personalcollection of feature films Today the first sale provision of the US Copyright Act has rendered the prosecution obsolete, but it isstill appalling that such a dark era in American film history ever happened at all and that so many in the film collecting hobby wereprosecuted, some even serving jail time, as the book recounts, for making private home ownership of movies possible the bookis a fascinating read and throughout provoking as it chronicles individuals in the secretive niche film collecting hobby.