Chapter 3. Absent Color

  1. Richard Misek

Published Online: 26 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch3

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

How to Cite

Misek, R. (2010) Absent Color, in Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch3

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332391

Online ISBN: 9781444320077



  • absent color;
  • cinema's transition to color - sum of innumerable transitions to color;
  • black-and-white as technological relic, 1965–83;
  • black-and-white flashbacks: - codifying temporal rebirth;
  • filming in black-and-white - signifying that a film was set in the past;
  • black-and-white flashbacks - antidote to art cinema's troubling mixture of past, present and future;
  • black-and-white films, 1967–2007;
  • nostalgia and pastiche;
  • cinematic nostalgia, not expressing itself by mimicry of old styles or by being set in the past


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Black-and-White as Technological Relic, 1965–83

  • Black-and-White Flashbacks: Codifying Temporal Rebirth

  • Black-and-White Films, 1967–2007

  • Nostalgia and Pastiche