U.K. lab fire consumes classic negs

A laboratory fire has destroyed the original negatives of several classic movies from London’s Ealing Studios, including “The Lavender Hill Mob,””Whisky Galore” and “Passport to Pimlico.”

However, Lumiere Pictures, which owns the movies, said that back-up negatives exist of all the films. The loss, it said, was primarily sentimental, although it conceded that the original negatives were the best quality material from a technical viewpoint.

According to reports, the original soundtrack to “The Man in a White Suit” was also lost, although the negative itself was saved.

About 25 British films from the 1940s and 1950s were consumed in the fire, caused by a nitrate explosion.

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