One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film has a running time of 7 minutes, an added music score, and is preserved by the George Eastman House. See more »
Not exactly plot-laden--but of great historical value.
"The Flute of Krishna" has practically no plot, yet it is quite watchable--especially to film historians and cinephiles. Why? Because it is an early color film and was made with a two-color Kodachrome process--as opposed to the usual two-color Technicolor seen on most films of the time. It's hard to compare the processes when you only see this one film, but compared to the two-color Technicolor films that I have seen after they were restored, the print appears more delicate. The colors are less harsh--with softer blue-green hues and less orangy reds (despite calling these color films, the colors really are more tones of orange-red and green-blue). Still, it's a far cry from the lovely three-color Technicolor of the 1930s--which is true color (albeit a bit intense).
If you see the film, it consists of a guy painted in greenish paint who is supposed to be Krishna. He and three ladies in Indian garb dance about the set and that's all.
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