George Eastman House curator, and steering group member, praises Kodak deal

Paolo Cherchi Usai, the senior curator of motion pictures at the George Eastman House, says the agreement between Kodak and major Hollywood movie studios is something to celebrate.

“This is really a groundbreaking moment in the history of the archival movement. It is the first time that we find a tangible sign of commitment from the industry to what we perceive as a major cultural cause in the name of humankind,” said Cherchi Usai. Film and digital cinematography should be seen as two distinct art forms.

“The fact that a film is available on DVD does not mean that a film is preserved. A film is fully preserved only when it can be shown in its original format. And in the case of all the films made and still being made on film, what we want to preserve is the cinematic experience.”

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