James Layton and David Pierce, authors of the new publication The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915–1935 (George Eastman House, 2015), illustrate Technicolor’s origins during the silent film era. Before Technicolor achieved success in the 1930s, the company had to overcome countless technical challenges and persuade cost-conscious producers that color was worth the extra effort and expense. Rare photographs from the Technicolor corporate archive and extracts from rarely seen films chart the development of Technicolor’s early two-color process and the films that established the company’s reputation. Highlights include behind-the-scenes accounts of The Gulf Between (1917), Ben-Hur (1925), The Black Pirate (1926), and the troubled production of The Mysterious Island (1929). 70 min. Progam silent.
Great Events (Manchu Love). 1929. USA. Directed by Elmer Clifton. 18 min.
With Sojin Kamiyama, Tetsu Komai, Etta Lee. 35mm print courtesy George Eastman House.