“GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: THE MOVIES’ MAGIC RAINBOW” by Fred E.Basten
This is an interesting book,if maybe a bit too technical for me,but it is a very thorough history of Technicolor and its creator,Herbert Kalmus who actually coined the word ‘technicolor’.
As early as 1915, Kalmus and his colleagues formed the Technicolor Picture Corporation and began a scientific search to bring color to the movies.
His wife,Natalie became a name we were used to seeing in 30s/40s technicolor films, as a ‘color supervisor’. Their company always supplied the technicolor cameras used by the studios ( the cameras were always rented,never sold).
BECKY SHARP , with Miriam Hopkins, was the first feature film photographed entirely in 3-strip technicolor.
Walt Disney quickly realised how much color could add to his cartoons and features.
When black and white was standard, one can imagine how 1938 audiences greeted THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.
Or seeing Carole Lombard and Fredric March in NOTHING SACRED.
Cole Porter in his lyric for ‘Stereophonic Sound’ (Silk Stockings,1955) wrote:
“….if you want to get the crowds to come around,
You gotta have glorious TECHNICOLOR, breathtaking CinemaScope and stereophonic sound.”
But the film was made in Metrocolor!
There was Trucolor,Eastmancolor as well, but nothing beat the real thing – glorious Technicolor!
(My thanks to good friend,Alistair, for this lovely Xmas present.)