Tag Archives: Colour

THE EASTMANCOLOR REVOLUTION BOOK LAUNCH

To mark the publication of Colour Films in Britain: The Eastmancolor Revolution (BFI/Bloomsbury, 2021), the book co-authored by Sarah Street, Keith M. Johnston, Paul Frith and Carolyn Rickards, was launched at event chaired by Liz Watkins (University of Leeds) and hosted online by the University of East Anglia on 16th December. At the launch, three of the book’s co-authors each selected an image from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

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 […]