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Ken Viewer
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A few years ago, this was a major find in New Zealand (could even be all 2,300 feet of film W.W. Wittig had a lab print for distribution).

But the New Zealand folks couldn't fund a conversion/restoration and digital transfer of the silver nitrate film it was on and were trying to get a United Kingdom archive to take on the project.

And that was the last I heard of it.

Have there been any developments and perhaps a digital version out there?

Thanks.

Ken

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Which film library holds this footage?

I'm back living in New Zealand so I could get in touch with them.

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Here's all I know about the film:

http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=003470#000017

AND

http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=004412#000000


Wittig would typically film the entire match and then package two segments: a one-reel approximately 15-minute show at 16 frames-per-second and a separate 1300-foot (perhaps two reels) segment which included the smaller 15-minute film.

He may have made more money outside the U.S. because Europe, for instance, was way ahead of the U.S. in transitioning from "nickelodeons" to traditional stage-theater designs. The first real movie theater in New York City's Bronx County was built circa 1906 by the Bolte family, a member of which I knew back before paved roads...

To my knowledge, all of the Bolte theaters are closed now as neighborhoods changed and the Bronx became the Eastern version of Fort Apache.

Ken

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Film-still of the February, 1908, match between Hackenschmidt and Rogers.


Ken

[ 04-21-2017, 11:32 AM: Message edited by: Ken Viewer ]

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