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Colour Costume Design

By Sarah Street As is well-known, Technicolor films invariably included a credit for the ‘color consultant’, an expert whose employment was compulsory for filmmakers who shot films using three-strip cameras leased from Technicolor. In the heyday of the process this was typically Natalie Kalmus, a key figure in the company’s public branding and advocate of […]

Distant Observers: Colour and the Critics II

Sarah Street As colour was incorporated into British cinema during the period covered by our project, films from other countries were occasionally heralded as genuinely offering a new way forward in terms of aesthetic experiment. In this time of lockdown, it is great to see how many colour films are being recommended for another look, […]

‘Global Colour and the Moving Image’ Conference – The University of Bristol, 10th-12th July 2019

Conference report by Cathy Lomax (Queen Mary University of London) Image: Gate of Hell/ Jigokumon(Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953, Japan) The ‘Global Colour and the Moving Image’ conference took place over three sunny summer days at The University of Bristol and featured a dazzling array of perspectives on the theme from a truly global group of contributors. […]

‘The Witchery of [colour] Kodakery’ and British women amateur filmmakers in late colonial period

By Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes One of the significant visual components of British colonial culture is represented by amateur film practice, which until recently has been largely neglected in terms of its historic relevance in the construction of British imperial identity. The study of British colonial amateur films offers reliable counter-narratives to the conventional, official and […]

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 […]