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Film heritage at risk

From motion pictures to television, the mushrooming of visual communications counts among the most significant cultural evolutions of the 20th century. Everywhere in the world people are seizing the possibilities opened up by visual media to create a vast cultural and documentary heritage.

Today, more than three-quarters of the fragile, highly flammable nitrate films made prior to the 1950s are lost forever, while some 60% of the acetate films made after 1950 are threatened by a deterioration process known as the “vinegar syndrome.” Already, around 85% of the world’s entire silent film production has disappeared. Nowadays, no media is capable of guaranteeing the long-term conservation of digital materials.

The Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage is dedicated to preserving, restoring and promoting this worldwide heritage.