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Torn between chromophobia and colour mania – developments of early Technicolor


Flückiger, Barbara (2018). Torn between chromophobia and colour mania – developments of early Technicolor. Colour Turn, 1(1):VI 1-VI 35.

Abstract

From the mid-1910s to the early 1930s, the Technicolor company invented three different
technical processes for colour lm, all based on two colours. This innovation was marked by many set-backs, before the now famous Technicolor No. IV dye transfer process was introduced in 1932.
This article describes the technical and economic struggle during this early period of colour lms that is largely unknown to the general audience. Based on the investigation of numerous historical lm prints in European and American lm archives, the author analyses the colour design and aesthetics of these lms and relates these insights to the technical properties of the processes, including the challenges for the digitisation of these rare and precious lms.

Abstract

From the mid-1910s to the early 1930s, the Technicolor company invented three different
technical processes for colour lm, all based on two colours. This innovation was marked by many set-backs, before the now famous Technicolor No. IV dye transfer process was introduced in 1932.
This article describes the technical and economic struggle during this early period of colour lms that is largely unknown to the general audience. Based on the investigation of numerous historical lm prints in European and American lm archives, the author analyses the colour design and aesthetics of these lms and relates these insights to the technical properties of the processes, including the challenges for the digitisation of these rare and precious lms.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Language:English
Date:1 September 2018
Deposited On:06 Sep 2018 09:18
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:10
Publisher:Tübingen University
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.25538/tct.v0i1.672
Official URL:https://colourturn.net/
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID670446
  • : Project TitleFilm Colors. An Interdisciplinary Approach.

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