Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Film Foundation - "We Need Your Money!"

Have you rented a DVD lately or gotten one from Netflix? If so, I'm sure you've seen the preview for The Film-Foundation, a foundation formed by Martin Scorsese in 1990. The DVD preview is narrated by Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese. They discuss how time and lack of technology in the early days of the film industry are contributing to the deterioration of our film treasures.

The Film-Foundation has been restoring many of these prized films, but there are many more that need to be restored, as well. Without restoration soon, these films can be lost forever.

What does the Film-Foundation want us to do to help them? Donate lots of money! Seriously? A foundation created and sponsored by millionaire actors, producers, and directors wants us, the common people, to give them OUR money so that they can restore them, then re-release them and make even MORE money off of these films?

What am I missing here? Let's turn this around. Let's say I'm a furniture maker, but some of my older pieces are getting old and need to be restored. I come begging you for money so that I can restore them, then sell them to you? How does this make any sense? Is the government sponsoring this?

I totally get a laugh out of this preview every time I hit Fast Forward through Clint Eastwood, the former tough guy of America, acting like a blithering idiot at this farcical request.

What do of think of their request?

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