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# The colorization of black-and-white films by computers is

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Director
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The colorization of black-and-white films by computers is [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2004, 04:20
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229. The colorization of black-and-white films by
computers is defended by those who own the film rights, for the process can mean increased revenues for them; many others in the film industry, however, contend that the technique degrades major works of art, which they liken to putting lipstick on a Greek statue.
(A) which they liken to putting lipstick on a Greek statue
(B) which they liken to a Greek statue with lipstick put on it
(C) which they liken to lipstick put on a Greek statue
(D) likening it to a Greek statue with lipstick put on it
(E) likening it to putting lipstick on a Greek statue
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27 Sep 2004, 04:29
I would go for E on this one..

Colorization (the technique used) of B/W films is like putting lipstick on a greek statue. Thats the core meaning to be conveyed I suppose. Its not what happens after the colorization. Imagine you coloring a b/w film and some applying lipstick on a greek statue - that technique is under comparison.
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27 Sep 2004, 04:36
Between A & E.

A : we do not know to what "they" is related
E : "It" is supposed to mean "technique", what about "art" ?

IMO E is better than A but wording is not perfect...
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27 Sep 2004, 04:46
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229. The colorization of black-and-white films by
computers is defended by those who own the film rights, for the process can mean increased revenues for them; many others in the film industry, however, contend that the technique degrades major works of art, which they liken to putting lipstick on a Greek statue.
(A) which they liken to putting lipstick on a Greek statue
(B) which they liken to a Greek statue with lipstick put on it
(C) which they liken to lipstick put on a Greek statue
(D) likening it to a Greek statue with lipstick put on it
(E) likening it to putting lipstick on a Greek statue

My vote is for E.

In A, B, and C, 'which' refers not to the technique but to the phrase immediately preceding it,'major works of art' which is incorrect.

For D, usage of 'it' twice makes it sound odd.

Also, I was reading this in the Princeton Verbal book.

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In 1985, the Californian supreme court lifted a ban on fortune tellers, likening them to economic prognosticators and investment counselors who also make predictions for profit.

Can I conclude that likening ...to is an idiom.?
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27 Sep 2004, 05:24
Good catch Newkid... I add this one to the list;

In E you are not shocked by "it" ?
27 Sep 2004, 05:24
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