Most silent films have disappeared. Flammable film stock did a lot of the in. Curiously the copyright office couldn't handle films in the old days so film companies sent them rolls of prints, one print for each frame. These can last 200 years.
Quite a few of the Edison films we have have been reconstructed from just such paper prints.
I went to a paper at SMPTE several years ago about converting Star Wars to 5.1 sound.
It turns out no one thought to store the main master print of the movie in an-archival manner. It was on some shelf in a building with no humidity or temperature control. The studio was annoyed they had to spend $10,000 to clean the print before they made 1 billion dollars on distributions for the DVD and re-releasing for theater.
Don't under estimate the stupidity of the movie industry.
They could have built a single vault just for that movie. Anyone who saw the original run of the movie would have realized this is a big deal, preserve it. But not the Star wars gang .
T-max meanwhile belongs to new-Kodak, thus won't be affected by this deal.
T-Max will still be manufactured by old-Kodak, so anything that stabilizes that entity's financial health and the operation of its single coating line will also benefit T-Max.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2