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Color, The Film Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Angela Dalle Vacche, Brian Price


214 pages

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This is the first anthology devoted exclusively to the subject of colour in film and its history, production and technology.

Set out in thematic sections, the book addresses key issues in the field including:

  • the development of colour technology
  • how visual stule was affected by the shift from black and white to colour
  • colour in film theory and the writings of authors such as Bresson, Eisenstein and Oshima
  • colour in the films of Godard, Hitchcock, Almodovar and many more.

Including case studies too, this is the perfect introductory guide to a key element in film form and theory. A must for any student starting a film studies course.


'[This book] remains an important stepping-stone in film studies… [and] can be considered an accomplishment'. - Film International

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments General Introduction Brian Price PART ONE: COLOR TECHNOLOGY AND VISUAL STYLE Introduction 1. Technicolor Steve Neale 2. Color Consciousness Natalie Kalmus 3. Minor Hazards: Disney and the Color Adventure J.P. Telotte 4. The Post-War Struggle for Color Dudley Andrew PART TWO: COLOR THEORY Introduction 5. Remarks on Color Film Rudolf Arnheim 6. A Bergsonian Film: The Picasso Mystery André Bazin 7. from Chromophobia David Batchelor 8. Color, the Formless and Cinematic Eros Brian Price 9. The Colours of Haptic Space: Black and White in Moving Images Trond Lundemo PART THREE: THE FILMMAKER AS COLOR THEORIST Introduction 10. On Colour Sergei Eisenstein 11. Banishing Green Nagisa Oshima 12. Reflections on Color Eric Rohmer 13. Of Taste and Colors Eric Rohmer 14. Painting Film Stan Brakhage PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES Introduction 15. Hitchcock’s Color Designs Richard Allen 16. All that Heaven Allows: Color, Narrative Space, Melodrama Mary Beth Haralovich 17. Demonstrating Three-Strip Technicolor: Becky Sharp Scott Higgins 18. Costuming and the Color System: Leave Her to Heaven Marshall Deutelbaum 19. The Articulation of Color in a Filmic System: Deux ou trois chosesque je sais d’elle Edward Branigan 20. Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert: Painting as Ventriloquism and Color as Movement (Architecture and Painting) Angela Dalle Vacche 21. Blue Peter Wollen Select bibliography, compiled by Angela Dalle Vacche Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies