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La ligue du noir et blanc : French debates on natural colour film and art cinema 1926–1927


Lameris, Bregt (2018). La ligue du noir et blanc : French debates on natural colour film and art cinema 1926–1927. In: Fossati, Giovanna; Jackson, Victoria; Lameris, Bregt; Rongen-Kaynakci, Elif. The colour fantastic : chromatic worlds of silent cinema. Amstersdam: Amsterdam University Press, 221-235.

Abstract

In 1927, a group of young Parisian cinéphiles founded the so-called Ligue du noir et blanc, positioning colour in the domain of the commercial, and black and white in that of the artistic cinema. This dichotomy between colour and black and white in cinema is still part of our present-day film-historical dis courses. As a result, the ligue strongly defined our relationship to early col our films in the archives and film museums. To better understand the 1920s debate, I position it within the broader French discourse on colour and film art, showing that there were other voices that declared colour to be an excel lent element to use in an artistic way. The debate was not as black and white as our current historiographical knowledge might make us believe.

Abstract

In 1927, a group of young Parisian cinéphiles founded the so-called Ligue du noir et blanc, positioning colour in the domain of the commercial, and black and white in that of the artistic cinema. This dichotomy between colour and black and white in cinema is still part of our present-day film-historical dis courses. As a result, the ligue strongly defined our relationship to early col our films in the archives and film museums. To better understand the 1920s debate, I position it within the broader French discourse on colour and film art, showing that there were other voices that declared colour to be an excel lent element to use in an artistic way. The debate was not as black and white as our current historiographical knowledge might make us believe.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:24 May 2018 15:15
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:09
Publisher:Amsterdam University Press
Series Name:Framing Film
ISSN:2352-5576
ISBN:978-94-6298-301-4
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://en.aup.nl/books/9789462983014-the-colour-fantastic.html (Publisher)

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