A Thousand Cuts: Film Collector Book Release and Archival Screening
Book sales and signings with author Dennis Bartok at 6:30!
As 35mm and 16mm film sadly disappears, so too does the colorful underground network of dealers and collectors who fought over and hoarded these precious prints often rescuing them from dumpsters and basements. Join us for a 90-minute program of rarities assembled by motion picture archivist Jeff Joseph of SabuCat Productions, including: 1949 footage of Alfred Hitchcock leaving for England to direct Stage Fright (found in a New Jersey attic); two-color Technicolor footage of the Marx Brothers shooting Animal Crackers in 1930; the last surviving film of both Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart for never-completed projects; ultra-rare commercials and PSAs; Judy Garlands costume tests for Valley of the Dolls before she dropped out of the film; a charming Bela Lugosi interviewed at home in 1931, the year Dracula was released; the only surviving footage of Fred Astaire and choreographer Hermes Pan dancing together (discovered by a collector in Pans closet); and much, much more.
In connection with this program, Dennis Bartok will be speaking about the new book A Thousand Cuts: the Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, co-authored by Bartok and Jeff Joseph. A Thousand Cuts is a candid exploration of the subculture of film collecting and the paranoid, secretive, eccentric group of film-collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in an age before DVDs and Blu-rays. These colorful individuals spent vast sums creating their own screening rooms and negotiating underground networks, even risking legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film.
Among the books fascinating subjects are 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.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122