reply posted on 28-8-2002 @ 08:54 AM by Byrd
We actually DID have film censored once.
My family was in Germany, at the time when the Berlin Wall went up. Things had finally gotten stable and we took a vacation to Berlin, where dad (a
major in the US Army, with the Intelligence (G2) division) took home movies of us doing things in West Berlin.
We took a guided tour (tour bus) to East Berlin and saw the Communist Approved Sights (I'll never forget it... all these lovely buildings... and
behind it you could see people living in slums and bombed rubble from World War II. So unlike West Berlin, where the rubble had been removed and the
city was a bustling hub of commerce.)
We stopped at a park, and dad was filming us and the tour group. He spotted an old woman sweeping the park and decided to film her as well... must
have gotten a minute's worth of footage.
When we got the pictures back, though, that section was missing. We don't know why. We think there must have been something interesting... or
someONE interesting on the film (an agent?)... but that required a still higher security clearance.
We shrugged it off.
I should add that dad was an experienced home movie maker and there was nothing wrong with the camera.
To add to what Kano says, I do a lot of photography and sometimes they don't print the pictures. What happens is that although the image is there,
there are problems with it that your regular 1-hour lab can't deal with. I always check the negatives and if it looks like a good photo got away,
I'll spend the extra to have the better labs develop it.
But, without looking at the negatives, it's hard to say what went on. And no, they can't erase just ONE negative.