Berlinale: Programme


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Retrospective

The Dawn of Technicolor

Presentation with film excerpts

Präsentation mit Filmausschnitten

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This presentation by James Layton and David Pierce (authors of “The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915–1935”) illustrates Technicolor’s origins during the silent film era. Technicolor established itself as the market leader after launching its vibrant three-colour process in the 1930s. But that success took years to achieve. Technicolor first had to overcome countless technical challenges and convince cost-conscious producers that colour was worth the added effort and expense. Rare photographs from the Technicolor corporate archive, and excerpts from rarely seen films chart the development of Technicolor’s early two-colour process and the films that established the company’s reputation. Highlights include behind-the-scenes accounts of the very first motion picture made in Technicolor, THE GULF BETWEEN (USA, 1917, Wray Bartlett Physioc), as well as BEN-HUR (USA, 1925, Fred Niblo), THE BLACK PIRATE (USA, 1926, Albert Parker), and the troubled production of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (USA, 1929, Lucien Hubbard). The silent footage shown during the event will be screened with live piano accompaniment by Canadian-born pianist and composer Gabriel Thibaudeau. In English ǀ Admission with tickets only

2015, 90 min