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James Katz : Preserving Film History

James Katz : Preserving Film History

Movie Meltdown - Episode 416 This week we welcome our special guest James Katz. James is the former President and founder of the Universal Pictures Classics Division. He has worked in many different areas over the years including - film distribution, publicity, marketing and working as a producer and as executive producer on several films. But more then anything, James has made a monumental impact on film history through his preservation and re-release of five Alfred Hitchcock’s films in the early 1980s. The success of those films led to other restorations classic films like Spartacus, My Fair Lady, and Lawrence of Arabia. So listen as we hear stories from his humble beginnings working as a photographer and creating press kits, all the way through his journey to eventually change the way studios view and care for their film libraries. And while we bend birches to and fro, we also bring up... Paul Bartel, color timing, he's really a chemist engineer film nerd, Herbert Coleman, 70mm, th