Emory Explores the History of Color Films in Free Screening Series

Left to right: Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett in The Aviator | image source: theoscarbuzz.blogspot.com

January 7, 2019

The Emory Cinematheque, a weekly series of free film screenings, presents "Glorious Color!" for its Spring 2019 program. All screenings are free and open to the public and will be shown in the theatrical projection formats 35mm or DCP.

Beginning January 16 with restorations of Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920) and the Georges Méliès short A Trip to the Moon (1902), the screenings will be held each Wednesday at 7:30 PM in Emory’s White Hall 208 through April 24th.

From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have found sophisticated and expressive ways to represent color on screen. This series examines the history of color film as an ongoing dialogue between technology and aesthetics.

Technologies explored in the series include tinting and hand-coloring in silent films, two color and three-strip Technicolor, Eastmancolor, and the new possibilities opened up by digital color grading.

Films in the series include King of Jazz (1930), The Adventures of Robin Hood 91938), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), An American in Paris (1951), All that Heaven Allows (1955), The Red Desert (1964), Cries and Whispers (1972), and The Aviator (2004).

"Besides showcasing some of the most striking examples of color in the history of film, I want to raise awareness of the recent boom in digital film restoration. It is gratifying to see so many older films available to the public in high quality versions, but at the same time it raises significant questions," says series curator James Steffen, the Film and Media Studies Librarian and film historian.

"How do we know what a film looked like when it was first released? And what happens when you translate a film from a photochemical medium such as 35mm into an all-digital environment?"

Each film will be introduced by Steffen or other film studies faculty. For more information, visit the Emory Film and Media Studies website or call 404-727-6761. 

Full Series Lineup