Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin


Castro Theatre Sun, Jun 5, 2016 10:00 AM
$16 general / $14 member
Film Info
Total Run Time:71 min


This enchanting collection of films from the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam demonstrates the ingenious techniques artists used to create color cinema before the advent of Technicolor. Exquisite examples of hand painting, dyeing, and stencil coloring illuminate these early trick films and travelogues—windows into the imagination and virtuosity of early filmmakers. Films include:

The Tulips (d. Segundo de Chomón, France, 1907); The Wonderful Book (d. Gaston Velle, France 1905); The Charmer (d. Segundo de Chomón, France, 1906); Bout-de-Zan and the Crocodile (d. Louis Feuillade, France, 1913); Dutch Types (France, 1915); The Mills (d. Alfred Machin, Netherlands, 1912); Algerian Dances: Dance of the Ouled Naïl (France, 1902); The Fairy of the Stars (France, 1902); The King of Dollars (d. Segundo de Chomón, France, 1905); The Penalty of Retaliation (France, 1906); The Golden Obsession (d. Segundo de Chomón, France, 1906); The Trip to Jupiter (d. Segundo de Chomón, France, 1909); The Parisians (USA, 1897); The Acrobatic Sisters Dainef (France, 1902); Good Evening Flowers (d. Giovanni Vitrotti, Italy, 1909)

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Introduction by Rob Byrne

Co-presented by BAMPFA and the Exploratorium

ASL interpretation provided