Sony metes out Moviolas

If you needed any further proof that history itself has become a commodity, consider that Sony Pictures Studios currently is selling off the last remaining authentic MGM Studios Moviolas at $300 a pop — $500 if you actually want the thing to work.

When Sony took over the Culver City lot that originally housed the MGM dream factory (and temporarily sheltered two other brief tenancies), it inherited a huge cache of MGM-era gear, including the Moviolas — on which the likes of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and countless other evergreens were edited, spliced and/or re-arranged.

J&R Film Co./Moviola is overseeing the reconditioning and sale of the dinguses for Sony Studios. Leo the Lion was not immediately available for comment.

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