Berlin Festival to Pay Tribute to Technicolor in Retrospective

Singin' in the Rain
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It will celebrate the 100th anniversary of color films with screenings of such classics as 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'Gone With the Wind'

The Berlin International Film Festival will mark the 100th anniversary of color cinematography with a retrospective of the glory days of Technicolor.

The 65th Berlinale will screen around 30 Technicolor classics including Gone With the Wind, Singin' in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz.

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The retrospective will cover the period from the dawn of Technicolor in 1915, when inventors Herbert T. Kalmus, Daniel Comstock and W. Burton Wescott first developed the two-color process that revolutionized movie making, through to 1953, when the introduction of color negative film marked the beginning of the end for Technicolor.

“The blazing red of Southern skies in Gone With the Wind or the ecstatic yellow of the raincoats in Singin’ in the Rain — in those days, the play of dramatically intensified colors was a sensation,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “The Technicolor process combined with cultural and economic trends to produce great cinematic works of art that still thrill audiences today.”

Among the other highlights of the retrospective will be the classic Westerns Duel in the Sun (1946) from King Vidor and John Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949); George Sidney’s The Three Musketeers (1948) and Richard Boleslawski’s desert epic The Garden of Allah (1936).

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Supplementing the Berlinale program will be events at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. The retrospective will then go on tour, screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in April and the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna next summer.

German publishers Bertz + Fischer will publish an illustrated book to accompany the retrospective, the first time the history of Technicolor will be told in German in this format.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 5-15, 2015. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will be the jury president for next year's festival.

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