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I don't understand the reasoning. While it's true that video is merely a representation of the light, film is also only a representation of the light, partly determined by the chemical makeup of the film, and partly determined by the chemicals used to processes it. Even if one is there in person to see the actual light directly, what one sees is still only one's mind's representation of the light. Only the light is the light. Showing the film, the lens might have a hair in it, or the screen might have a tear. Hell, maybe the viewer took some LSD and is adding all sorts of things to the film. The way a film is viewed can inadvertantly be altered any number of ways. That doesn't mean the film is ruined.

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