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The Film Graveyard 10 Nov 2000 12:38 #19520

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Being a moviegoer and enjoying it very much I often wondered about what happens to the movies once there cycle has been run through.I read this article that answered my question. It talks about the film and the film cores being cut into tiny chips and used for things like an alternative to fossil fuels, carpeting, and clothing. But what I want to know is how do they decide to keep a movie for posterity. Do they can and seal the original negitive of every movie and keep them somewhere in a vault? How is it done?
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Re: The Film Graveyard 13 Nov 2000 10:42 #19521

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The September 2000 issue of Kodak's "Cinema Notes" has an article "Motion Picture Film: Where does it come from? Where does it go?" that talks about how old used prints are recycled into film leaders, new plastic, and used as an environmentally efficient fuel:

Most exchanges keep a few copies of each print on hand for second runs, but new prints are usually made for major re-releases. The valuable printing negatives are usually stored in special climate-controlled film vaults, so they can be used for many decades:
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Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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