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By the 1980s it was becoming apparent that the world's motion picture heritage was in danger. Not only was the preservation of nitrate film an ongoing problem, but safety film was beginning to be affected by 'vinegar syndrome' and color film manufactured, in particular, by Eastman Kodak, was found to be at risk of fading. At the time, the best solution was to duplicate nitrate film onto a more secure medium. The term ‘digital cinema’ highlights the use of digital technology to transfer from 35mm film to digital carriers. When it comes to digital technology there is a heated debate. The film preservation, or film restoration, movement is an ongoing project among film historians, archivists, museums, cinematheques, and non-profit organizations to rescue decaying film stock and preserve the images which they contain. In the widest sense, preservation nowadays assures that a movie will continue to exist, as close to its original form as possible. 90 percent of all American silent films and 50 percent of American sound films made before 1950 are lost films. For many years the term “preservation” used to be a synonym of “duplication” only. The preservationist’s goal was to create a durable copy without significant loss of quality. Film preservation now holds the concepts of handling, duplication, storage, and access. The archivist seeks to protect the film and share the content with the public. (via Freebase)