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Chromophobia (1966)

An invading army destroys all color in a harmless town and brings it in a state of depression. Then a jester arrives.

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Raoul Servais

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Raoul Servais
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Soldiers take over a town, removing all color, pets, and art. Residents are imprisoned; a decorative building becomes a guard tower; the cock at the top of a dome is pulled down and replaced with a raven. But irrepressible impulses remain, especially in a child with her watering can and an artist with his paintbrush. A flower gives rise to a jester who counterattacks. Is the seed mightier than the sword? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Belgium

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Release Date:

October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Хромофобия See more »

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BEF500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Gevacolor)
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The message is pretty obvious, but it's still an enjoyable film
11 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film consists of a tiny army of men entering a town and shooting anything with color--making everything gray and dull. Then, once they obtained control, they put the people into a machine that erases who they are--making everyone the same. All ethnic differences are now gone and everyone is wearing prison garb. Into this horrible new world wanders a red jester. Can he do anything to change this situation or will he, too, become just another gray and miserable person?

CHROMOPHOBIA is a piece of the 1960s that seems to make less sense today than it did back then. First, while the animation is pretty ugly, for a 1960s film it actually looks pretty good. Sure, the frame rate and quality of the artwork is pretty poor, but this was the norm for this time period. Second, its message sure ain't subtle but as another observer pointed out, the message seemed to have a political edge--how Communism at the time was in favor of homogenization and conformity. Seen today, it's an entirely different film.


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