GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR

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“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).

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Miriam Hopkins,Cedric Hardwicke

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.

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When black and white was standard, one can imagine how 1938 audiences greeted THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.

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Or seeing Carole Lombard and Fredric March in NOTHING SACRED.

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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!

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Fred Astaire,Janis Paige. SILK STOCKINGS

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.)

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