On July 7th and 8th, Turner Classics Movies will present 25 classic films in glorious Technicolor. The Technicolor series of vintage films will be introduced by TCM’s Robert Osborne, with award-winning cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, ASC. The selection of films is derived from early Technicolor films, from the silent, 2-color era of Technicolor, like The Toll of the Sea that ranged from the early 1920’s until the introduction of sound in 1927.
The Toll of the Sea
Dennis Millay, TCM’s Senior Director of Programming, working under the direction of TCM vice president Charles Tabesh, created an eclectic survey of Technicolor showcasing some of the very best of Technicolor’s later IB 3-strip dye-transfer projects. Highlights include director Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, recently restored by Warner Bros’ Ned Price. TCM also wanted to include some of the classic international productions that were shot and released in Technicolor. These include Jean Renoir’s The River, and Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard.
The eclectic set of films were derived from genres that include westerns and musicals – with films like John Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain. Filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger are represented by The Red Shoes, and also The Thief of Bagdad, co-directed by Powell, on the eve of the outbreak of World War 2 and having to be finished in Hollywood as the London-based industry was literally shuttered overnight.
Director Martin Scorsese’s 2004 Oscar-winning homage to filmmaker-aviator Howard Hughes, The Aviator was included as a direct homage to various Technicolor processes developed over the course of Hughes’ filmmaking career, from the mid 1920’s until the late 1940s.
View the “100th Anniversary of Technicolor” schedule on TCM website