Cinema Journal 44.2 (2005) 134-145
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Edited by Scott Higgins Sara Ross
• Sony Pictures Releasing (SPR) has acquired domestic theatrical rights to Harold Lloyd's films. The acquisition, from the Harold Lloyd Trust, involves virtually the entire Lloyd library: shorts and features, silents, and talkies. This is the first comprehensive deal for Lloyd's pictures since the early 1970s, when Time-Life briefly distributed reedited versions of the classic comedies.
Theatrical engagements will begin with retrospectives in major cities, after which the films will be available to theaters on an individual basis. The films will be released through SPR's Repertory Division.
All prints will be uncut and struck from newly restored negatives, many from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Most of the silent features and some of the shorts will have newly composed scores recorded on Dolby SR-D tracks, enabling projection at the original full-frame ratios.
Included in the collection is a "new" Lloyd film of sorts: Welcome, Danger (1929). It was originally shot as a silent, but Lloyd revamped it into a talkie when it was completed. Until UCLA restored it earlier in 2004, the silent version had never been seen.
The announcement of the acquisition was made jointly by Michael Schlesinger, vice president of Sony Pictures Repertory, and Suzanne Lloyd, the filmmaker's granddaughter and president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc.
• Gordon Berkow, avid film collector and amateur preservationist, died on September 26, 2004, at the age of seventy. Berkow collected some fourteen hundred prints. He restored many films by hand and donated several of them to film archives around the world.
• Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, filed suit in March 2004 to change current law that renews copyright without the copyright holder actively seeking renewal, making it less likely that "orphaned" works will enter the public domain. According to Wired News, the lawsuit claims that "because of the indiscriminate nature of copyright today, the burden of copyright regulation extends to work whether or not the original author has any need for continuing protection. That unnecessary burden blocks the cultivation of our culture and the spread of knowledge." Web site: www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,64494,00.html/wn_ascii.
Institutions and Organizations
• On October 29, 2004, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announced the appointment of Patrick Loughney, head of moving images at the Library of Congress, to the position of curator of motion pictures. Loughney had worked with the motion [End Page 134] picture collections of the Library of Congress for more than twenty-five years. In addition to serving as curator, Loughney becomes the director of the Eastman House's L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, the country's first school of film preservation, and will teach film studies in the English department at the University of Rochester.
"Dr. Loughney's experience and strengths align with George Eastman House's mission and collections," said Anthony Bannon, director of Eastman House. "With [Loughney's] extensive film knowledge and proven preservation efforts, his worldwide leadership experience in motion picture archives will position George Eastman House to ask the challenging questions before us as the museum enters an era of new technologies."
"George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is one of the world's greatest institutions for moving image research, preservation, and education," Loughney said. "Public awareness of the need to preserve America's film heritage has never been higher and George Eastman House is widely recognized as an international leader in that effort. I look forward to building on that wonderful record of achievement and success."
Loughney has extensive experience in film history, preservation, curating, and acquisitions. As head of the Moving Image Section and Motion Picture & Television Reading Room at the Library of Congress, Loughney oversaw an archive of more than 5 million motion picture artifacts: more than 250,000 film titles; more than 300,000 television programs and related documentation; and a broad collection of motion picture-related materials. At Eastman House, Loughney will oversee a collection of...