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Q: Tracking down a film ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Tracking down a film
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: larrywb-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 15 Oct 2005 11:28 PDT
Expires: 14 Nov 2005 10:28 PST
Question ID: 580666
In 2004, pinkfreud-ga posted information about this film:
The 9-minute film (Overture, in English) was made by the Hungarian
scientist János Vadász. It won the Grand Prix du Festival
International du Film - Court métrage
and the Prix de la Commission Supérieure Technique at the Cannes Film
Festival in 1965.
This film is apparently available only in 16mm, never on DVD or tape.
I do know that the Boston Public Library has a copy, but ordinary
folks like me can't book it.
I would like to know how to get either a copy of it on 16mm, or
whether someone can get a VHS tape or DVD version of it made for me.
Perhaps the Boston Public Library would do it for a big enough fee?
My basic question is: can you find some owners of copies of this, so I
could ask them about getting a tape or digital copy somehow?
Subject: Re: Tracking down a film
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 15 Oct 2005 12:54 PDT
Hello larrywb,

According to WorldCat (available for search by the public at some
academic libraries), this film is available at approximately 20
libraries in the United States, including two in Boston.  (WorldCat's
listing doesn't include the Boston Public Library's holding.)

Here are the records at the two Boston libraries.  (Note that the
Simmons copy is on VHS.)

"Overture/nyitany. [Motion picture]"
NUCAT (Northeastern's Library Catalog)

"Overture/nyitany. [Motion picture]"
Simmons Libraries Catalog

I presume that these records are more useful to you than ones from
libraries outside the Boston area.

Northeastern, at least, allows members of the public to visit the
library.  (I presume that Simmons does too, but don't see information
on its website.)

"Who May Use the Libraries"
Northeastern University Libraries

You can contact these libraries to see how you might view the video.

"Ask A Librarian"
Northeastern University Libraries

Simmons College Libraries

If these libraries can't help you, another local library might be able
to assist, especially since there are copies available elsewhere. 
Perhaps an interlibrary loan can be arranged.

I hope that this information is helpful.

- justaskscott

Search strategy:

Searched on Google Answers for:

overture pinkfreud

Searched on WorldCat for:


Browsed Northeastern and Simmons library websites.
Subject: Re: Tracking down a film
From: pinkfreud-ga on 15 Oct 2005 12:13 PDT
I wish I could help, but I have exhausted my resources, and I haven't
found an available copy of this film. Long ago a single 16mm print was
offered on eBay, but "Overture" is, as they say, scarce as hens'
teeth. If I come across any good leads, I'll let you know. I hope
another Researcher has better luck with this.

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