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Last Updated: Monday, 17 January, 2005, 14:06 GMT
Fire damages Georgia film archive
Staff from Georgia's national film archives are examining material saved from a devastating fire in Tbilisi.

A spark from a welding torch is thought to have started the blaze on Saturday at the building, where copies of films made during the Soviet-era were stored.

The director of the archives, Rezo Tchkheidze, said about three-quarters of the films had been saved, although some would need restoration.

He said he hoped Russia would now return the originals stored in Moscow.

The archives were about to be transferred to a new building.

Georgian films were widely shown, and very popular, in the Soviet Union.

They sometimes tackled sensitive issues more freely than the film industry in Moscow at the time.


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