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Glorious Technicolor (1998)

The history of color photography in motion pictures, in particular the Technicolor company's work.


Peter Jones


Peter Jones, Fred Basten (based on the book by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Narrator (voice)
Esther Williams ... Herself
Arlene Dahl ... Herself
Evelyn Keyes ... Herself
John Alton ... Himself - Cinematographer (archive footage)
Jack Cardiff ... Himself - Cinematographer
Vittorio Storaro ... Himself - Cinematographer
Eugen Sandow Eugen Sandow ... Himself (archive footage)
Annabelle Moore ... Herself - Dancer (archive footage) (as Annabelle)
Cammie King Conlon ... Herself - Step-daughter of Dr. Herbert Kalmus
Richard J. Goldberg Richard J. Goldberg ... Himself - Dr., Technicolor research scientist 1953-65
Robert Gitt Robert Gitt ... Himself - Preservationist, UCLA Film and Television Archive (voice)
Fred Basten Fred Basten ... Himself - Author of 'Glorious Technicolor'
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Jarvis Ron Jarvis ... Himself - President, Technicolor Worldwide Filmgroup


The history of color photography in motion pictures, in particular the Technicolor company's work.

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7 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Exceptional...but not perfect.
19 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This excellent documentary is included on the bonus disc for "The Adventures of Robin Hood". It is terrific from start to finish and is narrated by Angela Lansbury. It begins, not surprisingly, with the earliest color processes and moves right to the history of the Technicolor company and the Hollywood films made using this film stock. In addition, it discusses the supplanting of the three-strip process with the later Eastman process. All of this is very, very interesting for film buffs like myself. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that there WERE alternative processes to Technicolor--both the Two and Three-strip film. Why Cinecolor and other early rivals are not mentioned is a bit baffling. And, occasionally, the prints shown seem to be second-rate and over-saturated--which is odd, since it was produced by Turner Classic Movies who owns the rights to most of the films. But considering how wonderfully complete and interesting the film is otherwise, I'll forgive this omission. Not perfect but well worth seeing and one more reason to buy the DVD for "Robin Hood".

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