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The Open Road, Documentary, 1926 IMDB

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chicomarx BE

2009-08-18 02:21

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nzcarnerd NZ

2009-08-18 07:36

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The colour is quite stunning isn't it?

vintman UK

2009-08-18 11:54

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Hi,

I think I saw this on TV a few months back. Lovely colours before colour film was in use. If I remember correctly it was a black and white film with frames painted in two colours only, red and green I think, and then projected slightly out of sync. This fools the eye into thinking it is ‘normal’ colour. Didn’t always work fully. Fascinating historical record of the time. Interesting that it transfers to presumably DVD in 'normal' colour?

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Vintman

chicomarx BE

2009-08-18 19:46

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Yes, the experimental two-colour-process by Friese-Greene. ("Alternative frames were tinted red and blue-green. When projected at 24 frames per second, the two colours combined create the illusion of natural colour through persistence of vision.")

Audiences were turned off by problems during projection, and it failed to persuade other film makers. So it stayed locked in the vaults for 80 years.

There's also the 2006 BBC documentary The Lost World of Friese-Greene in which they trace the original route in a vintage car.

Weasel1984 PL

2009-08-18 19:53

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That's interesting to see. As I ve heard earlier also the films of the Méliès were painted (manually with brush), frame by frame.

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