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May 11, 2001 | PAUL GEITNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's a long way from the glamour of Hollywood to the seedy streets and dilapidated buildings around Brussels' Midi train station. Yet movie magic is being made here or, more precisely, restored. In a plain, worn workshop hidden behind low-rent apartments and storefronts, Noel Desmet, head of the Royal Belgian Film Archive's restoration department, moves frame by frame through "John Petticoats," a 1919 silent western, touching up here, inserting missing bits there.
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