Restoring The Big Sleep

  For the last thirty years or more, film archives and restorers have been hard at work correcting the vandalism of the film industry in the twentieth century. There has been Ronald Haver’s recreation of George Cukor’s A Star is Born (1954) using the surviving complete soundtrack plus some newly discovered footage and stills. Bob Gitt at the UCLA Film Archive found most of the sequences that had been removed at the insistence of exhibitors during the first screenings of For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). Some sequences have still not been found. The battered nitrate print I saw in…

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