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

A Thousand Cuts The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies 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

  • Title: A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies
  • Author: Dennis Bartok Jeff Joseph
  • ISBN: 9781496807731
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 includesA 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 1970s 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 the 1927 Napoleon Other lesser known but equally fascinating subjects include one legged former Broadway dancer Tony Turano, who lives in a Norma Desmond like world of decaying movie memories, and notorious film pirate Al Beardsley, one of the men responsible for putting O J Simpson behind bars.Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph examine one of the least known episodes in modern legal history the FBI s and Justice Department s campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s Many of those persecuted were gay men Victims included Planet of the Apes star Roddy McDowall, who was arrested in 1974 for 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.

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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 co [...]


    • It only took about a century for the world to go from moving images printed on some pretty dangerous nitrate stock to having full access to digital copies of movies, television shows and other types of programs at their fingertips. But what about all of those original film prints that were made over decades by studios? Do they just exist in some expertly preserved archive? Sadly, this is not the case as explained inA Thousand Cuts by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph. Reading this book gave me an im [...]


    • I know it's fruitless to criticize a book for not being what you wanted it to be, but this book seems especially like a missed opportunity. The authors, film collectors in one way or another themselves, have essentially put together a collection of short magazine-article length interviews with a number of colorful collectors. Some individual chapters are fairly interesting, but what's missing is a chronological, overarching narrative that explains the whole phenomenon: How did the private collec [...]


    • This entertaining book looks at the now nearly defunct world of movie (as in physical film prints) collectors. Its interviews cover aspects of this movie love obsession (it is hardly a hobby) ranging from the glory of Technicolor prints, the once in a lifetime stumbling onto incredible treasures, the dumpster and abandoned warehouse diving, the FBI and MPAA attention. This is a good read and a good companion to “Do Not Sell At Any Price”, a look at another obsessive underground world, that o [...]


    • I truly enjoyed this book and the history I was not aware existed with copywriter laws. A very interesting read. I believe everyone that has ever recorded anything, should take a look at this book. Your eyes will open. Bartok and Joseph did an incredible job interviewing and researching. The writing style will keep you up way past your bed time. *I received a copy of this book for an honest review.



    • As someone who has shelves of DVDs and Blu-rays (and a few VHS tapes) of films and TV shows, I felt some sort of kinship with the people featured in this excellent book - I'm just thankful I never got into the collecting of 16mm or 35mm reels or I'd have even less money than I do right now.I enjoyed being taken on a tour of the homes of the collectors and reading their often tragic stories of being consumed by the collecting bug. Marriages ruined, savings spent, friendships broken - it's not a b [...]


    • When I was a teenager, I used to see lists of 16mm films for sale in film magazines and dream of being a film collector. After reading this book, I've discovered most of the lot are destitute, paranoid, and working under the law or directly against the law. Viva la DVD!


    • Very enjoyable read about a small, vanishing world. I found the artistic taste of the collectors to be revealing - animation, children's films, and genre films (the lower the genre the better) - seemed to be the predominant types of films that interested the collectors profiled.



    • Very interesting subject at least to me. The writing was a bit staid. Become almost dead at the end. If you have an interest and knowledge in this subject give it a look. Otherwise pass


    • Very enjoyable book, with me thinking "there but for the grace of God go I" as I think about my own collecting obsessions and my love for film. Yes, I will admit that I have some 35mm trailers from my own past as a projectionist, but nothing that compare to what the individuals have in this book.Very sad to read about the death knell of true film, and one wonders what treasures we will lose because of it.


    • A film-lovers book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The film collectors underworld is extremely interesting and this book is almost an ethnography. There is absolutely a movie here!! Seriously, there has got to be a bidding war for the film rights for this story!!! The Hollywood gossip component is especially entertaining. I wish the endnotes had been done as page footnotes or incorporated in the text as there is a lot of info there, but going back and forth was very distracting. There's a lot of name- [...]



    • Super interesting look at film collectors, especially in light of all the digital things going on. Some fascinating stories, many of them bizarre.


    • The subtitle of this book, "The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies," might be more accurate if it ended "Who Saved Some Movies." The startling takeaway readers will have from "A Thousand Cuts" is the sheer volume of films that are now lost or will soon be lost forever. Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph have done an admirable job of interviewing a wide variety of aging collectors who got into collecting with an early love of film and have spent their lives (and m [...]


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