Category Cinemas

A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR FOR INTERNATIONAL COLOUR DAY

By Sarah Street To celebrate International Colour Day (21stMarch) I’ve picked a film from the period covered by our project that celebrates colour in no uncertain terms. The Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour (1967) is brimming with colour interest as the purest expression of their fascination with experimental visual techniques and counter-cultural expression. After its […]

International Colour in Film Conference Report 25th-27th February 2019

The Fourth International ‘Colour in Film’ Conference took place at the BFI Southbank on the 25th– 27th February 2019. The conference has been increasing in scope and scale since its initiation in 2016 with a truly global audience of academics, archivists and specialists in film colour. Full credit to the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin […]

RESISTING THE LURE OF THE LURID: COLOUR IN THE BLACK TORMENT (1964)

by Dr Paul Mazey The Gothic shocker The Black Torment (1964) represented a departure for the exploitation producers Michael Klinger and Tony Tenser and their company Compton Films.  They had worked with director Robert Hartford-Davis on his debut feature The Yellow Teddy Bears (1963), a salacious (for the time) film about promiscuity in a girls’ […]

The Beauty Jungle: Saturation Without Depth

by Professor Sarah Street (PI). Colour was used for a number of affective purposes in films covered by the Eastmancolor project’s timeline. As Richard Farmer’s blog post of 18 January 2018 notes, colour’s increasing ubiquity in advertising attracted a multitude of arresting designs, from vibrant newspaper supplements and TV commercials to Lulu’s amazing ‘Happy Shoes’ […]

When the New Wave came to Bristol: Some People (1962)

By Sarah Street, Principal Investigator Sometimes a film perfectly articulates the aims and objectives of a research project. With our timescale of 1955-85 our database is growing – to date we have logged over 2,000 titles. We had many possible candidates for a special screening and event to be organized in partnership with the Watershed […]

Colour advertising films in British cinemas

Starting this month we will be introducing a series of guest blogs on other aspects of British cinema and colour. We’re delighted to open this series with a piece from our colleague and friend Dr Richard Farmer, who worked on the recent 1960s British cinema project (@1960sProject). As Britain became more affluent during the 1950s, […]