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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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15 March 2011 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is a documentary on the history of Technicolor, starting right from the inception and through until recently. It consists of clips from films, interviews, rare footage of stars in two colors, stills and voice-over by Narration She Spoke. We see the progression(early on, flesh tones weren't deemed important! Instead, focus was on the backgrounds, set and FX) and the early skepticism... not only did people in the business not believe that we didn't want to hear the actors speak, they didn't think that it should go beyond black and white, either! Hearing from the people who experienced it first-hand(and some of them even worked with it, directly) is quite interesting, and any film geek will enjoy the one-hour running time of this. It's well-edited and thoroughly researched. If you aren't already into this subject, however, this isn't likely to win you over and get your attention. There is no offensive material in this, except for the old gender roles and the like... the one bit of strong language is carefully bleeped out. I recommend this to those who want to know about it. 7/10

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