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The dangerous beauty of cellulose nitrate film

This article was written by Will Gompertz.

“Imagine if Steve Jobs’ next trick of innovative brilliance was a whole new 3D-movie experience that was ten times better than the current offer, which didn’t require you to wear faux-1960s specs and that had the aural sensation of a hundred-piece orchestra. I think we can agree such a notion is not particularly far-fetched.

What though, if there were just one small problem with his new, funky iCinema: if the state-of-the-art movie play-back hard-drive was prone to burst into flames that couldn’t be put out with water, that emitted disgusting poisonous smoke and that might turn not only the film you were watching to ash but also the cinema and you? Would it be stretching believability to suggest that in our world of Health-and-Safety executives, the iCinema would be given the go-ahead on the basis that, barring this notable imperfection, it was otherwise terrific? Reckon so.”

Read the rest of this article from BBC News.

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