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Films are like Persian rugs: you keep them at their best by using them. Before you can show an old film, it has to exist -- that is, it has to have been conserved (in the archival sense). And in order to conserve it, first it has to have been "collected" (in the going-out-of-one's-way-to-rescue-and-save-what-others-discard sense). The cinema is a means towards the acquisition of knowledge in the ...
When French Cultural Minister Malraux tried to remove Langlois from his directorship position at the Cinematheque because of his poor management of the bureaucracy, Langlois disciples like Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, and Jean-Luc Godard caused a public uproar that saved their mentor's position.