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Dream of a national archive need not become a nightmare

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TECHNICIAN works on restoring one of the reels in the collection of the National Film Archive of the Philippines.

(Conclusion)   The big three studios—Sampaguita, LVN and Premiere—did not care for preserving their films; archiving was, simply, poor business practice. Stories are still told of a producer who sold black-and-white negatives because he was engaged in silver recovery. Another practice was using film to make New Year tooters.   Few exceptions TV networks were [...]

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Value of film preservation, restoration acknowledged

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JOEL Torre in “Oro Plata Mata”

For years now, we’ve been urging our film people and educators to preserve and restore our rapidly diminishing cinematic patrimony for future generations to delight in and learn from. Too many of our film classics have been lost forever due to benign neglect and clueless carelessness. We aren’t talking just about the movies of the [...]

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Scorsese, De Leon team up to save Brocka’s ‘Maynila’

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Indeed, it will take a global village to save “Maynila.” The restoration of Lino Brocka’s 1975 film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” has found a surprise benefactor from across the globe: Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF) has taken a keen interest in the preservation project.

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