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Members of this cinematic group risked legal jeopardy for the sake of film collections




A man prepares a reel of film before its screening at the 30th Deauville American Film Festival on September 5, 2004 in Deauville, France.
A man prepares a reel of film before its screening at the 30th Deauville American Film Festival on September 5, 2004 in Deauville, France.
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Before there were Blu-rays and DVDs, an underground subculture obsessed with owning physical film reels existed.

This quickly vanishing film-crazed group includes RoboCop executive producer Jon Davison, 1950s Hollywood heartthrob actor Rock Hudson and a one-legged former Broadway dancer who lives in a world of decaying movie memories.

The front cover of the book,
The front cover of the book, "A Thousand Cuts" by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph.
University Press of Mississippi, 2016

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of  Collectors and Dealers who Saved the Movies” explains the group in detail --along with their strong desire to own a physical copy of a film-- and also examines the FBI’s and Justice Department’s 1970s campaign aimed at harassing and intimidating film dealers.

Co-authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph join Larry Mantle in studio to talk about their new book.    

Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph will be signing copies of their book on Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. For more information, click here.

Guests:

Dennis Bartok, co-author of the book, “A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of  Collectors and Dealers who Saved the Movies” (University Press of Mississippi, 2016); he is also general manager at the American Cinematheque; head of distribution for art-house distributor Cinelicious Pics

Jeff Joseph, co-author of the book, “A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of  Collectors and Dealers who Saved the Movies” (University Press of Mississippi, 2016); Jeff is working with UCLA's Film and Television Archive; and is a motion picture archivist