05 June 2015

    MOMA NY Technicolor Retrospective

    New York
    On June 5th, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) cinema program will unveil its 60-film Technicolor retrospective running for two months.Read more

    Date: June 5 to August 5 2015
    Place: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497


    15533693_0The series is being called “Glorious Technicolor: From George Eastman House and Beyond,” and includes an eclectic group of Technicolor films, ranging from the silent, 2-color era, up to the mid-1950s.  Associate Film Curator Josh Siegel worked with the curatorial team at the George Eastman House in creating the series and sourcing many of the films being presented.

    In the program guide to the retrospective, published by MOMA (found here: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1583), Technicolor is celebrated as “the stuff that dreams are made of.”  If that line seems vaguely familiar, it surely has to do with it having being employed by director Martin Scorsese, in his multiple Academy Award-winning Hugo.  The line speaks to the magic of filmmaker George Méliès, but is also very much a celebration of the wonder of Technicolor for generations of moviegoers around the world.

    The MOMA series follows presentations of Technicolor films at GEH that then traveled to Berlin and Vienna, with a short stop in Los Angeles at the TCM Classics Festival.  The MOMA series will present many films that are unique examples of Technicolor filmmaking over the company’s first forty years.  Stated Josh Siegel, “Our curating partner was very much the team at George Eastman House, but we (at MOMA) wanted our focus to be a bit more cohesive, and strictly on American films, while delving more deeply into some of the obscure titles that are possibly not as familiar to our MOMA audience.  We’ve included titles that are not obvious selections balanced with some films that are more broadly acknowledged as being ‘classics.’” The MOMA film program covers Technicolor history up to the mid-1950s and retirement of the Technicolor 3-strip camera.

    The series will be accompanied by talks conducted by authors James Layton and David Pierce, based upon their new book, The Dawn of Technicolor, published by GEH earlier this year, and focusing on specific topics they’ve advanced over the course of the year at events in Rochester, New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles.

    Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, MOMA’s film collection now includes more than 22,000 titles and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all periods and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world’s largest collection of D. W. Griffith films. The film collection is stored in the Museum’s Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in June 1996.

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    19 June 2015

    “Dreaming in Technicolor” Film Series in Toronto

    To salute Technicolor’s centenary, TIFF is presenting a collection of films and guest speakers.Read more

    Date: June 19 to August 13 2015
    Place: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

    Dreaming in Technicolor

    Dreaming in Technicolor


    To salute Technicolor’s centenary, TIFF is presenting a collection of films and guest speakers showcasing some of the most dazzling uses of legendary colour-film technology in the history of cinema.

    From sweeping epics to musical spectaculars to eye-popping melodramas, selected films include, Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – shown in 35mm – David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962) in a stunning new 4k digital restoration, and an archival print of The Wizard of Oz (1939), which famously started in sepia before switching to vibrant Technicolor once Dorothy touches down in Oz.

    “Dreaming in Technicolor” runs from June 19 to August 13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

    Schedule and ticket information can be found at http://tiff.net/summer2015-cinematheque/dreaming-in-technicolor

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    07 July 2015

    48 Hours In Technicolor

    On July 7th and 8th, Turner Classics Movies will present 25 classic films in glorious Technicolor. Read more

    Date: 7-8 July 2015
    Place: Turner Classics Movies Channel

    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.

    Learn more about this event.

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