Chapter 2. Surface Color

  1. Richard Misek

Published Online: 26 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch2

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

How to Cite

Misek, R. (2010) Surface Color, in Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch2

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332391

Online ISBN: 9781444320077



  • surface color;
  • color in European film, 1936–67;
  • color film production - rarity outside United States til the late 1950s;
  • color playing a prominent role in early European cinema;
  • chromatic ambivalence - art cinema's transition to color;
  • individual European film-makers - effecting their own microcosmic transitions;
  • “Painting with Light” - Cinema's imaginary art history 65 unmotivated chromatic hybridity;
  • connection between painting and film-making - running theme in cinema for;
  • monochrome purgatory - absent color in Soviet Bloc, 1966–75


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Color in European Film, 1936–67

  • Chromatic Ambivalence: Art Cinema's Transition to Color

  • “Painting with Light”: Cinema's Imaginary Art History

  • Unmotivated Chromatic Hybridity

  • Monochrome Purgatory: Absent Color in the Soviet Bloc, 1966–75