Miracle find in basement of this Liverpool fish n chips shop in the U.K.
The unthinkable has happened, and film fans around the world are in frenzied celebration. The owner of a Liverpool fish n chips store, Edward Fotheringham came forward late last night with news that has rocked the earth on it’s axis. Once owned by a collector who dealt with underground acquisitions during the war, but who subsequently vanished, mint condition complete prints of the two most hoped for mutilated films were housed in a safe that Fotheringham said was found during basement excavation. The print for GREED runs nine hours, while THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS runs close to four.
Film historians and authorities are estimating the find to yield Fotheringham tens of millions at auction later this month at Southbys, and early reports indicate Queen Elizabeth will be active in the bidding.
The winner will no doubt be besieged by film fans to commission a theatrical run and corresponding blu ray release. The great grand daughter of Greed’s venerated director Erich von Stroheim told The Daily Mail that her famous ancestor is celebrating in heaven, while descendants of Welles are envisioning the iconic director lighting up the biggest Cuban cigar after the incredible news.
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Iconic final freeze shot of Francois Truffaut masterpiece “The 400 Blows”
by Sam Juliano
More moderate temperatures have descended on the metropolitan area as some rain has cascaded on the region as if to portend what could be in store for April, traditionally the wettest month of the year. While I wouldn’t quite recommend putting those winter coats in mothballs just yet, it does appear that Father Winter has nearly gone into hibernation. These benign observations however, may serve as a jinx, so readers are advised to roundly reject them. Baseball fans are no doubt in their own kind of nirvana as the season is set to commence this week. Yours Truly of course is a lifelong Yankees rooter, and has reason to be optimistic this year in view of the spate of new acquisitions.
The romantic countdown ballot phase is nearly over with any and all ballots still outstanding due no later than tomorrow evening (April 1st) by 11:00 P.M. I believe we have received in the neighborhood of 22 or 23 ballots, and may well get a few more before the deadline. Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. will probably have the final Top 75 results ready for the inner group of people who cast ballots or were privy to the constantly updating e mail chain a few days later, or by the end of the week. Readers of course will learn the results peace meal during the course of a three to four month Monday to Friday essay presentation that will launch on Thursday, May 1st. Some titles have been reserved by specific writers, but all this is tentative as some of these films may not even make the final cut, while others may draw multiple statements of interest. Latest report from Angelo: As of this morning 25 ballots have been cast!
Locally the five-week ‘Complete Hitchcock’ Festival at the Film Forum has ended, with the ‘Tout Truffaut’ two week run officially starting. Lucille, Sammy, Danny and I were busy taking in the various screenings and events of the week in what was surely one of the more active weeks in quite a while. When I have time I will discuss the entire festival in a separate post. I managed to see 40 of the 53 films screened over four and a half weeks, though I have already seen the ones I didn’t watch in the festival. Continue Reading »
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