FILM THEORY AND SURVEYS

PUBLISHER
George Eastman House

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 10 x 12.5 in. / 448 pgs / 267 color / 161 bw.

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Pub Date
Out of print

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Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 56   

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ISBN 9780935398281 TRADE
List Price: $65.00 CDN $87.00

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The Dawn of Technicolor

1915–1935

Edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Catherine A. Surowiec. Preface by Paolo Cherchi Usai. Foreword by Bruce Barnes. Text by James Layton, David Pierce.

The Dawn of TechnicolorPublished to coincide with Technicolor's centennial in 2015, The Dawn of Technicolor recounts the beginnings of one of the most widely recognized names in the American film industry, reconstructing the company's early years from a wealth of previously unavailable internal documentation, studio production files, contemporary accounts and unpublished interviews. Following its incorporation in 1915, Technicolor developed a series of two-color processes as necessary steps toward full-color photography and printing. Despite success in the laboratory and in small-scale production, the company was plagued by repeated disappointments. With the support of patient investors and the visionary leadership of Herbert T. Kalmus, Technicolor eventually prevailed against daunting odds to create the only commercially viable color process for motion pictures. The Dawn of Technicolor investigates these vital make-or-break years, as the firm grew from a small team of exceptional engineers into a multimillion-dollar corporation. The authors chart the making of pivotal films in the process, from the troubled productions of Ben-Hur (1925) and The Mysterious Island (1926–29), to the early short films in Technicolor's groundbreaking three-color process: Walt Disney's animated Flowers and Trees (1932) and the live-action La Cucaracha (1934). The book spotlights the talented engineers and filmmakers associated with Technicolor and the remarkable technical innovations that finally made color films practical, changing the film industry forever. Lavishly illustrated with more than 400 reproductions, it includes a comprehensive annotated filmography of all two-color Technicolor titles produced between 1915 and 1935.

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One of the book’s highlights is an extensively annotated filmography of every film produced in two-color Technicolor from 1917 to 1937, compiled by Crystal Kui and James Layton (with the collaboration of Almudena Escobar López, Daisuke Kawahara, and Catherine A. Surowiec). Many entries are accompanied by frame enlargements from surviving prints or fragments of prints—from an image of Gloria Swanson in Stage Struck to a title card for Clara Bow’s Red Hair. For many film buffs, this section alone will make The Dawn of Technicolor a must.

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