In the past three or four years I have purchased some 16mm prints from Murray
Glass on eBay - a nice reel with five titles by Zecca, and an odd reel with a
variety of somewhat strangely printed excerpts from Intolerance. The strange
printing was due to lab mistakes. Can't remember exactly how he phrased it but
he did say something vague about the print being faulty and incomplete. His
starting prices weren't inexpensive, but I collect early cinema on 16mm and it
usually isn't inexpensive.
Interesting to note that on the heads and tails of the Zecca reel you can read
where MOMA's leaders were printed through. He rented a 16mm print from their
circulating library, made his own print, and then (I assume) rented it out
through Em Gee. Nothing wrong with that so far as I'm concerned, except I
realize that MOMA's print would be one generation better.
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Subject: [Frameworks] the fate of Em Gee...
Hi. I certainly don't have any knowledge but I'm hereby seconding Roger Beebe's
inquiry as to the resolution and disposition of the lauded and mysterious Em
Gee Film Library. I assume that the guy just retired or finally decided to shut
the business down but very curious to hear any anecdotes or learn the fate of
the collection. Any leads...
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