Chapter 1. Film Color

  1. Richard Misek

Published Online: 26 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch1

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

How to Cite

Misek, R. (2010) Film Color, in Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332391

Online ISBN: 9781444320077

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Keywords:

  • film color;
  • coloration in early cinema, 1895–1927;
  • earliest film color involving hand painting;
  • rise of technicolor, 1915–35;
  • chromatic Cold War - black-and-white and color in opposition;
  • meticulously colored films of 1900s - Pathé workshop, in Le Scarabée d'or;
  • “Technicolor Is Natural Color” - color and realism, 1935–58;
  • chromatic thaw - Hollywood's transition to color, 1950–67;
  • color becoming cinema's aesthetic default - perceived as essential element of filmic reality

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Coloration in Early Cinema, 1895–1927

  • The Rise of Technicolor, 1915–35

  • Chromatic Cold War: Black-and-White and Color in Opposition

  • “Technicolor Is Natural Color”: Color and Realism, 1935–58

  • Chromatic Thaw: Hollywood's Transition to Color, 1950–67