Withdrawn films

Jessica (jesskino@redconnect.net)
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:40:21 -0700 (PDT)

As you may remember when we discussed copyright in the past I made
reference to the fact that under the GATT treaty many European films could
be retroactively copyrighted and withdrawn. So far the process has been slow
but it is picking up speed. Kino has now withdrawn all of the following
titles

FAUST (Murnau)
THE LAST LAUGH
NOSFERATU
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
SIEGFRIED
KRIEMHILD's REVENGE
METROPOLIS
SPIDERS
SPIES
THE BLUE ANGEL
THE JOYLESS ST
THE LOVE OF JEANNE
DIARY OF A LOST GIRL

Originally all pre war German films were supposed to be exempt from GATT to
prevent the
supresion of the Nazi propaganda films but it has not worked out that way.
In addition you will notice that even films that are more than 75 years have
also been "Gatted" . Since these films have been in the public domain, there
are many inferior copies out there and I do not know how
effective the German film office will be at getting a Video Yesteryear or
Nostolghia video to stop
but they will try. In theory the upside of GATT would be that if rights
holders are able to
re copyright their work, the film would become available in a better copy
but I would not hold your breath.

Jessica