Director John Huston has added his voice to the throng who lament the colorizing of black-and-white films, e.g., his "The Maltese Falcon" ("War Against Colorizing Joined by John Huston," by David T. Friendly, Nov. 14).
I strongly agree that classic films should remain intact. What I don't understand is why this issue is drawing so much attention. Television has always been, and probably always will be, a giant Cuisinart for feature films. Milos Forman, Warren Beatty and Woody Allen represent the small percentage of directors who have spoken out against the mutilation (or editing) of feature films on television.
Censoring, shortening the playing time and breaking the pace of a film to add commercials is commonplace. Wide- screen films are "scanned" and reframed to fit the less rectangular format of TV.
The latest electronic "La Machines" shorten, or compress, the film by removing a single frame at a regular interval so that it can contain an additional two to six minutes of commercials per hour of air time. Why don't we hear complaints concerning these atrocities?