Changing Hues: Color Innovations in British Silent Cinema
Sunday, January 13, 1:00 p.m.
Bryony Dixon, silent-film curator at the British Film Institute, takes us on a beguiling journey through early color experiments and innovations in British cinema. This program presents a wide gamut of screen color techniques from the silent era, from a novel black-and-white advertising short for Twink Dye that uses flourishes of hand-coloring to promote the company’s fabric dyes, to “natural” color processes like Kinemacolor and Biocolour that, for the first time, allowed audiences of the 1910s and 1920s to marvel at scenes of Britain and the world in more lifelike hues. Piano accompaniment by John Sweeney. Program approx. 90 min.