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The ‘exaggerated’ colours of Black Narcissus (1947 and 2020)

By Sarah Street In Black Narcissus (Powell and Pressburger, 1947) Mr Dean (David Farrar) comments that at Mopu there is ‘something in the air that makes everything seem exaggerated’. The film was indeed noted for bringing out this quality, made possible through the ingenuity of production designer Alfred Junge, matte artist and special effects technician W. Percy […]

“Now on the big screen in COLOUR!” Eastman Colour and British Science Fiction films, 1955-65

By Keith M. Johnston, co-investigator In my last post – on special effects and early Eastman Colour – I commented on the fact that science fiction films have long been associated with a display of spectacular visual effects. But that got me thinking – while colour cinema has also been associated with spectacle, the dominant […]

For Better, For Worse? Special Effects and Colour in the Early Eastmancolor Era

by Keith M. Johnston, Co-Investigator on The Eastmancolor Revolution Project Special or visual effects have been a crucial part of cinema over the last 120 years, including George Melies’ spectacular fantasies, the stop motion animation of King Kong (1933), the motion controlled action of Star Wars (1977), and the current use of computer generated imagery […]