Digital flicks

 作者:尤谋蒯     |      日期:2019-03-08 06:18:00
By Barry Fox THE British Film Institute has started allowing the public online access to films and TV programmes from its archives. Instead of having to wait weeks to book a private viewing of a taped copy, film fans and researchers can now drop into centres run by the BFI to search and view landmark footage, original scripts and historical information. The BFI Online Intranet digitises and compresses the film material so that it can be streamed at 2 megabits per second to banks of computers at the National Film Theatre on London’s South Bank and the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham. Northern Ireland will be getting a link next year, though the site has yet to be announced. Decoded and viewed on a 300-megahertz PC running Microsoft’s Windows NT, the picture and sound quality are excellent. The clips can’t be distributed on the public Internet because of copyright restrictions. The BFI says some material is ideal for split-screen display on a computer. When Alfred Hitchcock made Blackmail in 1929, he shot it as a silent movie, but then remade it with the then new synchronised sound system. The BFI has digitised both versions, so scholars and researchers can play them at the same time while following the scripts to see how the actors handled their parts and lines. Other films digitised so far include The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus and Zoltan Korda’s 1939 version of The Four Feathers. Classic British TV material which has been digitised include the 1965 film The War Game, current affairs series Weekend World and gameshow Blind Date. John Woodward, director of the BFI, says one lady was quick to exploit the new service: