We all know that color was in the movies long before sound and that hand-colored dance films were part of Edison’s early screenings. So tell me this: What’s your favorite kind of cinematic color that was used during the silent era?
What tickles your fancy? Hand-color? Stencil? Tinting and toning? Kinemacolor? Kodachrome? Technicolor? Name your poison!
(And, of course, black and white is a perfectly legitimate answer.)
For me, French stencil color all day every day! Say Pathécolor and I am sold. An Excursion to the Moon has a particularly fine example with its lunar ballerinas.
Please tell me your choice and be sure to recommend titles if any come to mind. I think everyone will enjoy expanding their viewing and seeing the history of cinematic color.
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