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CINÉMA CHEZ SOI

 

 

What I have been doing is trying to complete the task of scanning all the pre-war (and a couple during-the-war) editions of Le Cinéma Chez Soi, the nearest English equivalent being Pathescope Monthly/Gazette. I think CCS is a much better mag than PMG being a) bigger, and b) while not escaping the smug, self-satisfied condescension of Pathescope UK, at least has some technical and other material of interest, largely absent from PMG. The French also go overboard when it comes to smarming around politicians. Anyway, that is mostly diatribe by way of introduction.

 

As the observant will know, I scanned a great many Issues of CCS a while back and made them available on DVD-Rom (too much to fit on a CD). This was possible thanks to Grahame Newnham, who made many Issues available and Pat Moules, who began to acquire copies. These DVD's were far from complete, with many issues missing but my own efforts have been greatly supplemented by Pat and by Mikael Barnard, who have both acquired full or virtually full paper sets.

This brings us of course to a very basic question; is it worth doing this? I tend to the view that the archiving and preservation of ephemera, in which I include CCS, PMG and adverts, instructions and repair and repair manuals for projectors and other mags like Home Movies and Home Talkies, Amateur Cine World, Amateur Cine Enthusiast, 9.5 and possibly many others, is sadly neglected. I suppose I must be influenced a lot by my interest in projectors; there are virtually no books (for every book about projectors there are at least one gazillion about films) and I value any source of info. You see the same sort of urge in my work on 28mm catalogues (still unfinished) and things like the Pathé French 1928 catlog (available on disc) and the various stuff like early English catlogs wot I hav put on this site. I sometimes wonder what the point is, since cine as we have known it is gone, and when the rest of us BOFs (Boring Old expletive deleteds) have gone, there will be virtually no-one interested. I spose at the end of the day it's just another aspect of the cine bug and anyway, I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of it, mostly to do with the challenge of achieving decent digital copies from elderly and decrepit paper copies.

 

There are many problems of scanning/digitisation, but I thought I would just show you some of what can be done (ignoring for now any question of if it should be done and whether digital fiddling is legitimate). And indeed, some of the limits to what can be done. I have usually kept before and after pix, tho' sometimes I missed. I am particularly proud of the ones where great strips of a cover picture were missing. Since then, naturally, I have had access to better copies.........

 

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All this is, of course, extremely time-consuming, even with the use of cribs and templates such as below. I use an old programme called ArcSoft Photo Studio, which does all I want with the sole exception that it will not rotate pictures by less than a whole degree. As the original printing, let alone the scanning, is often out of kilter, I have to turn to Adobe Photoshop for this operation. I have mentioned elsewhere the particular problem of some of the very early Supplements to the French catlog. Other examples can be found with PMG.

 

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Finally, here is a complete very late Issue; there were also a 119 and 120, which I do not yet got (scans awaited).

 

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Anyway, I said at the beginning that there would be opportunities for you to get involved. So who is going to volunteer to take on the scanning of Pathescope Monthly? Or other mags and material? You can use pix I've already done as a starter......

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Here is the very first issue of CCS, to go with the nearly-the-last-pre-war above. This one is in pdf form.

 

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