Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Are all films really available?

Dave Kehr: "My old friend Roger Ebert recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “This instant, sitting right here, I can choose to watch virtually any film you can think of via Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, MUBI, the Asia/Pacific Film Archive, Google Video or Vimeo” — something I can only wish were true. The sad fact is that only a tiny fraction of classical Hollywood is available for viewing, and the situation is far worse for independent, avant-garde and foreign films. We aren’t talking “lost” films here, but movies for which workable prints and even camera negatives exist in the archives".

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