“An old black and white silent movie.”
The phrase trips off the tongue easily but it’s really inaccurate. Color was an integral part of the cinematic experience from the very beginning and the various methods of recording or adding hues are fascinating.
What are your favorite color methods? Hand-color, stencil color, tinting, toning, Technicolor… and any other method. Please share some films that really showcase the beautiful color available during the silent era. (Period or restored.)
I’m going for an obvious one here but A Trip to the Moon in color is a revelation. Applied by hand by the famous Madame Thuillier’s color team, the pigments are breathtaking reminders of the beauty of Belle Époque cinema.
For restored tints, Behind the Door is just stunning. Wow!
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