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French Court Rules Colorized “Asphalt Jungle” Cannot Be Broadcast

November 24, 1988 GMT

PARIS (AP) _ A Paris court refused a request from the American media giant Turner Broadcasting that a French channel be allowed to broadcast the colorized version of John Huston’s black-and-white classic film ″The Asphalt Jungle.″

Turner Broadcasting colorized the 1950 film, which was to be shown last summer on the private French network Channel 5.

In June, Huston’s heirs asked a Paris court to ban the film from French airwaves, arguing that the American director always opposed the computer colorization of films that were orginally made in black-and-white.


Attorneys representing Turner Broadcasting argued that the film was not the property of Huston but of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, the film studio that paid Huston’s salary. Turner acquired the films as part of a deal with MGM.

The French court said artistic rights belonged to MGM and Huston, not to Turner, and issued a restraining order on Wednesday preventing Channel 5 from showing the film.