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Metrograph
No.7 Ludlow St.
New York, NY  10002
212-660-0312
Many restorations of forgotten classics simply involve a process of scanning, cleaning, and scrubbing filmic elements. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' restoration of Cock of the Air, a Howard Hughes–produced pre-Code sex comedy, shows off new tricks. The 1932 movie features a series of playful waltzes between womanizing pilot Chester Morris and steamy opera singer Billie Dove, following the latter's exile to Italy for "distracting" Paris's masculine elite. Various state censors knocked off thirteen minutes, including a scene where Dove frolics around Morris's lavish apartment wearing only a suit of armor, while he pursues, armed with a can opener. After discovering these sequences in a print without sound, the Academy approximated the effects and music using careful digital re-creation and the contributions of contemporary actors (like Hamish Linklater) who filtered their voices into the scandalous dialogue. The result rightly restores this as an especially risque romp from a salacious Hollywood era.
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