NEW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY PREMIERE PICTURES
Premiere Pictures is pleased to add a new service to our film production capabilities. We are now working on a major film restoration project to save dramas and other programs from the golden age of live TV in America. In the days before videotape was commonly used to save live shows for later broadcast, the networks relied upon kinescope recordings. Film cameras with special shutters filmed the live TV shows off of monitors, and then prints would be sent to stations that would air the show later in the day or on a different day. While it was the only way to save these programs, it was not ideal. Many kinescopes are poor copies, but sometimes the only copy of a historic moment of television.
But as luck would have it, Premiere is working from rare 16mm kinescope recordings in superb condition. Premiere is using state of the art software and some of the finest technicians available to bring these historic recordings back to life. In a grouping of more than 10 hours of vintage material now being worked on for a client, are some of the great moments in live television.
ORSON WELLES AS KING LEAR ON TV IS IMPRESSIVE
By John Crosby October 22, 1953 – The New York Herald Tribune
Orson Welles, a great ham of an actor, undertook the role of King Lear, a great ham of a part, on Omnibus last Sunday and was, I thought, enormously impressive. This was the great Orson’s television debut and it was a fortunate inspiration to cast him as Lear. No other part is big enough for Welles who suffers from gigantism of manner and mind.
Welles, whose five year sojourn abroad has added quite a lot of poundage to his face and the rest of him, was every inch a king, a phrase that came from Lear, and his voice, a redoubtable organ, was superb in declaiming some of the most sweeping poetry in all of Shakespeare.