The Thirties in Colour (2008– )

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Four-part series using rare, private and commercial film and photographic archives to give poignant and surprising insights into the 1930s, a decade which erupted into colour as ... See full summary »

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Four-part series using rare, private and commercial film and photographic archives to give poignant and surprising insights into the 1930s, a decade which erupted into colour as polychromatic photographic technology came of age and three important processes - Dufaycolour, Technicolor and Kodachrome - were brought to the market. Written by BBC

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Deeply Flawed
4 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This had the potential to be a great little series. The producers had the opportunity to present the works of little known, private film makers of the 1930's in context. Sadly they became carried away by projecting their own values on the period works. They needed to try and remember that it was not, perhaps, surprising that bourgeois home movies were unlikely to include the kind of social polemic of the modern, revisionist historian.

So what we ended up with, cut into the gorgeous images, was a procession of talking heads making wise pronouncements well after the events in question. There was a lot of smug superiority that left a sour taste in the mouth. Add to that the splicing in of a lot of irrelevant black and white stock footage of Nazis goose-stepping in Nuremburg. Personally, I didn't need such a grossly tabloid reminder that the world was teetering on the brink.


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