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This Film is Dangerous
A Celebration of
Nitrate Film

Edited by Roger Smither;
Catherine A. Surowiec,
associate editor



This Film is Dangerous: A Celebration of Nitrate Film
Edited by Roger Smither; associate editor, Catherine A. Surowiec

Fédération International des Archives du Film (FIAF) : Brussels, Belgium : 2002
ISBN 2-9600-2960-7 (978-2-9600-2960-4) : 720 pages : hardcover : €60.00
Published by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), this book collects material by more than 100 contributors from 35 different countries, and is illustrated by 350 pictures from more than 90 sources. The book has been published with financial assistance from the Eric Anker-Petersen Charity.

Contributors to this more than 700-page volume include Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Stephen Bottomore, Eileen Bowser, Harold Brown, Kevin Brownlow, Suresh Chabria, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Carlos Roberto de Souza, Clive Donner, Ray Edmondson, Manuel González Casanova, Jan-Christopher Horak, Clyde Jeavons, Martin Koerber, Jerome Kuehl, Sam Kula, Tom Luddy, Janet McBain, Nicola Mazzanti, Jorge Martín Neira, Ib Monty, P.K. Nair, Sunniva O’Flynn, Hisashi Okajima, Vladimir Opela, Dominique Païni, David Pierce, David Robinson, Deac Rossell, Sami Sekeroglu, Paul C. Spehr, Angela Tong and Vanessa Toulmin.

The book is divided into several sections: “Guest Editorials and Endorsements” from Richard Attenborough, David Brown, Fay Kanin, Leonard Maltin, David Puttnam and others; “The Last Nitrate Picture Show,” papers by the speakers at the symposium which formed part of the June 2000 FIAF Congress in London, England; “The Silver Lining,” a collection of original essays on nitrate topics; “Everyday Nitrate,” a selection of original and reprinted material illustrating the ways people have worked with celluloid, both during and after the nitrate era; “Luminous Impressions,” accounts of restoration projects involving nitrate films; “When Time Ran Out . . .” recollections of the “Nitrate Can’t Wait” and “Last Film Search” campaigns from around the world; “The Cost of Nitrate,” an examination of the combustible nature of nitrate film; “Fiery Tails,” a more light-hearted, anecdotal look at the theme of fire and nitrate; “Speaking of Nitrate,” — an anthology of archivists’ reminiscences; “Nitrate Muse,” a sampling of original works inspired by the theme of nitrate film; plus, a bibliography and filmography.

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