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In black-and-white the younger generation says "it's gray." It may be gray to them, but to me it's great entertainment. But if they don't watch it, they are missing all of that entertainment. Because they won't watch it in black-and-white, stations will not consider booking these "gray" films. Film buffs, like myself and like many of you, will find fewer and fewer opportunities to enjoy the movies from Hollywood's glorious past.
Woody Allen made a movie recently called "RADIO DAYS" because when he was growing up in the '40s the radio stars were important to him. He would listen to them every day. They were so much a part of not only his life, but about a generation who grew up in the '40s. He made that film to capture the excitement and the feeling that he had about those forgotten people. I don't want Spencer Tracy or Gary Cooper to be forgotten. Charlie Chase already is. And if Stan and ollie are forgotten too, then we are all losing something very, very special.
"It's A Wonderful Life" Is A New Experience In Color. i "(It) now looks more wonderful in your living room than it ever did at the movies."
-Rex Reed, "At The Movies." "The colors are appropriate... The most
realistic to date." -Timothy Onosko, "Video" "The picture has a new vitality in visual appearance and that, of course, has enriched and makes the story more meaningful to modern-day audiences." -Tom Pryor, "Daily Variety"
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Senator LEAHY. Thank you very much.
Mr. Young, you mentioned in the printed version of your testimony that you have been asked also to redo or restore some of the old Technicolor films.
Is that correct?
Mr. YOUNG. We haven't as yet. We have the capability to do that.
Senator LEAHY. What you do in that case would be to deal contractually with whomever owned that Technicolor film?
Mr. YOUNG. That's correct. If the owner so decided and asked us to color it in our version, we could very conceivably colorize a movie that was shot in color.
Senator LEAHY. If the owner wanted to change the color of any particular thing, clothes, car, set, you could do that?
Mr. YOUNG. With good taste always being the--
Senator LEAHY. A number of directors and actors have expressed a great deal of concern about seeing their names associated with the colored films. They see ads for a former black-and-white film which now has the director's name or an actor's name, if it is an actor well known and that was associated with it.
Would you consent to a disclaimer being placed at the beginning of a film, explaining the film is a colored version of the original, does not represent the original director's or actor's artistic work?
Mr. YOUNG. I can only speak for myself and as owner of films. I would certainly agree to such a worded statement. Senator LEAHY.
You would certainly agree to what? Mr. YOUNG. Such a worded statement prior to the film being shown. We do not want to be adversaries with the directors. We would like to constructively get together with them and come up with a plan whereby we would be able to further preserve and make available the original black-and-white films.
Senator LEAHY. What are some of the other things you might do? I am told- I haven't seen it—but I am told Frank Sinatra's eyes are brown. Would you turn them back, give “Old Blue Eyes” another shot?
Mr. YOUNG. It gives us another chance to have a new song, "Old Brown Eyes Is Back.” We never claimed to be perfect nor do we claim that we must have historically what color eyes somebody has, what color hair.
The only thing we try and do is be as historically accurate as possible within the bounds of good taste: flags, uniforms, et cetera.
Obviously, if we are doing Sinatra, he should have blue eyes, we realize that. But certainly even with brown eyes, it was a truer reflection of Mr. Sinatra than it was in black and white.
Senator LEAHY. What do you do? Do you consult with a director or, let's say, the heirs of a director or actor when you are making a colored version?
Mr. YOUNG. Well, we usually do not consult with directors or heirs when we are making a color version. We have our own art Y directors working on the films. It is their version.
Senator LEAHY. Maybe I should direct a question to both you and Mr. Mayer.