An Italian court has ruled that TV Internazionale violated the moral rights of director Fred Zinnemann when it broadcast the colorized version of his 1944 pic “The Seventh Cross.”TV Internazionale, which showed the film twice, in 1996 and ’97, was banned from showing the film again in colorized form, required to destroy all colorized copies of the film and ordered to pay damages. Complaint was filed in 1999 by Tim Zinnemann, son of the helmer, charging the airing of the altered version of the film damaged his father’s artistic honor and reputation. A 1991 ruling in France, based on John Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle,” said the colorized version of a film could not be distributed in theaters or broadcast without the helmer’s approval.
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