In the wake of the fire that swept through Universal Studios last Sunday, there are a lot of rumors, emails and the like concerning the damage to vintage film prints. Instead of playing Chicken Little, here is some information from my partner-in-noir, Eddie Muller that I would like to put up for some balance and clarification.
"To my colleagues,
I'm sending this note to short-stop rumors that have been swirling around in the wake of Sunday's devastating fire at Universal Studios. Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the extent of the damage, especially as it concerns the safety of studio's archival films. Film Noir Foundation director Anita Monga has spoken with our contacts at Universal as of this morning, and it has been confirmed that, while many prints of Universal films were destroyed in the fire, no archival source material was lost.
Our good friend Paul Ginsburg, Universal's...