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ChrisStockslager wrote:So, the way I always show the film to newbies (though most of my close friends have already soldiered on through it already) is I show the 1925 BFI Blu Ray, then after the film is over, go back and show them the whole color Bal Masque scene for fun.
What do you all do?
I first got a copy of POTO on 8mm film back in the 1960's. In those days H.M. Australian Customs were charging duty on imported film - even 8mm! So, when I then put a magnetic sound strip on the film and purchased a whole series of gramophone records in order to have some appropriate music - it became quite an expensive proposition! Still, one went through with these extravagances to actually get to see films.
One night I remember I actually played the piano in accompaniment to the film at a friend's house. The piano was not in that good a condition and my heavy thumping gave me sore wrists for a few days afterwards! Unfortunately, when I had finished that night I looked around to see about 75% of the audience sound asleep. Obviously not film lovers.
(It was not until many years later that I got to see a better print of the 1929 version - and then another couple of years when I got to see the original 1925 cut (the Hampton print).)