Technicolor will participate in a presentation of the vintage Technicolor dance filmRead more
On Saturday, May 2nd Technicolor will participate in a presentation of the vintage Technicolor dance film, The Unfinished Dance. A psychological drama from 1947, set against the world of ballet, and starring Margaret O’Brien and Cyd Charisse, the film will be presented by Dance Camera West at the Crest Theatre in Westwood, beginning at 4:30pm.
Technicolor has a long storied history of providing creative services to films that highlight the subject of “dance.” That history ranges back to the late 1920’s when the company incorporated sound in its early 2-color prints for theatrical release – supporting filmmakers like Samuel Goldwyn, with films like Whoopee! (with actor-singer Eddie Cantor); directors like Cecil B. DeMille, with films like Madam Satan and its “Ballet Mecanique”; and early choreographer-director Busby Berkeley.
Arguably the height of Technicolor “dance” films were directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, with The Red Shoes, then three years later with The Tales of Hoffmann.
After World War 2, actor, dancer, choreographer, and director Gene Kelly worked on a string of hits, highlighted by An American in Paris and then Singin’ in the Rain. Later, filmmakers like Robert Wise and Bob Fosse created masterworks with films ranging from West Side Story and All That Jazz. More recently, Technicolor provided dailies and color finishing services for director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
For more information about the Dance Camera West program:
Dance Camera West Schedule.