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Rumours of cinema's death are much exaggerated. Digitisation is bringing film's history back to life and may revive cinema-going too. Plus, great films are being made all over the world

By Mark Cousins   March 2007

As a boy I always loved the bit in a cowboy movie when, after the gunfight, with the smoke from Colt .45s still in the air, the undertaker, dressed in black, would run out on to the street and measure up the bodies. Judging by the film and entertainment press in recent years, the little men in black clothes are scurrying around the corpse of cinema as we speak, measuring it up for its wooden overcoat. Box office takings are down in many countries. Hollywood’s sequelitis shows that it is running out of ideas. According to the Guardian, French audiences…

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