Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow

Color Design in the 1930s

Author: Scott Higgins

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779525

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Like Dorothy waking up over the rainbow in the Land of Oz, Hollywood discovered a vivid new world of color in the 1930s. The introduction of three-color Technicolor technology in 1932 gave filmmakers a powerful tool with which to guide viewers' attention, punctuate turning points, and express emotional subtext. Although many producers and filmmakers initially resisted the use of color, Technicolor designers, led by the legendary Natalie Kalmus, developed an aesthetic that complemented the classical Hollywood filmmaking style while still offering innovative novelty. By the end of the 1930s, color in film was thoroughly harnessed to narrative, and it became elegantly expressive without threatening the coherence of the film's imaginary world. Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow is the first scholarly history of Technicolor aesthetics and technology, as well as a thoroughgoing analysis of how color works in film. Scott Higgins draws on extensive primary research and close analysis of well-known movies, including Becky Sharp, A Star Is Born, Adventures of Robin Hood, and Gone with the Wind, to show how the Technicolor films of the 1930s forged enduring conventions for handling color in popular cinema. He argues that filmmakers and designers rapidly worked through a series of stylistic modes based on the demonstration, restraint, and integration of color—and shows how the color conventions developed in the 1930s have continued to influence filmmaking to the present day. Higgins also formulates a new vocabulary and a method of analysis for capturing the often-elusive functions and effects of color that, in turn, open new avenues for the study of film form and lay a foundation for new work on color in cinema.
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Harnessing the Rainbow

Technicolor Aesthetics in the 1930s

Author: Scott P. Higgins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Color cinematography

Page: 495

View: 9130

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Places of Invention

Author: Arthur P. Molella,Anna Karvellas

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1935623699

Category: History

Page: 312

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The companion book to an upcoming museum exhibition of the same name, Places of Invention seeks to answer timely questions about the nature of invention and innovation: What is it about some places that sparks invention and innovation? Is it simply being at the right place at the right time, or is it more than that? How does “place”—whether physical, social, or cultural—support, constrain, and shape innovation? Why does invention flourish in one spot but struggle in another, even very similar location? In short: Why there? Why then? Places of Invention frames current and historic conversation on the relationship between place and creativity, citing extensive scholarship in the area and two decades of investigation and study from the National Museum of American History’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The book is built around six place case studies: Hartford, CT, late 1800s; Hollywood, CA, 1930s; Medical Alley, MN, 1950s; Bronx, NY,1970s; Silicon Valley, CA, 1970s–1980s; and Fort Collins, CO, 2010s. Interspersed with these case studies are dispatches from three “learning labs” detailing Smithsonian Affiliate museums’ work using Places of Invention as a model for documenting local invention and innovation. Written by exhibition curators, each part of the book focuses on the central thesis that invention is everywhere and fueled by unique combinations of creative people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings. Like the locations it explores, Places of Invention shows how the history of invention can be a transformative lens for understanding local history and cultivating creativity on scales of place ranging from the personal to the national and beyond.
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Bright Modernity

Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture

Author: Regina Lee Blaszczyk,Uwe Spiekermann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319507451

Category: History

Page: 287

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Color is a visible technology that invisibly connects so many puzzling aspects of modern Western consumer societies—research and development, making and selling, predicting fashion trends, and more. Building on Regina Lee Blaszczyk’s go-to history of the “color revolution” in the United States, this book explores further transatlantic and multidisciplinary dimensions of the topic. Covering history from the mid nineteenth century into the immediate past, it examines the relationship between color, commerce, and consumer societies in unfamiliar settings and in the company of new kinds of experts. Readers will learn about the early dye industry, the dynamic nomenclature for color, and efforts to standardize, understand, and educate the public about color. Readers will also encounter early food coloring, new consumer goods, technical and business innovations in print and on the silver screen, the interrelationship between gender and color, and color forecasting in the fashion industry.
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Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir

Author: Patrick Keating

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520204

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Lighting performs essential functions in Hollywood films, enhancing the glamour, clarifying the action, and intensifying the mood. Examining every facet of this understated art form, from the glowing backlights of the silent period to the shaded alleys of film noir, Patrick Keating affirms the role of Hollywood lighting as a distinct, compositional force. Closely analyzing Girl Shy (1924), Anna Karenina (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), and T-Men (1947), along with other brilliant classics, Keating describes the unique problems posed by these films and the innovative ways cinematographers handled the challenge. Once dismissed as crank-turning laborers, these early cinematographers became skillful professional artists by carefully balancing the competing demands of story, studio, and star. Enhanced by more than one hundred illustrations, this volume counters the notion that style took a backseat to storytelling in Hollywood film, proving that the lighting practices of the studio era were anything but neutral, uniform, and invisible. Cinematographers were masters of multifunctionality and negotiation, honing their craft to achieve not only realistic fantasy but also pictorial artistry.
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The Color Revolution

Author: Regina Lee Blaszczyk

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262017776

Category: Art

Page: 380

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"In association with the Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C."
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The Ultimate Stallone Reader

Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur

Author: Chris Holmlund

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850646

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities – as actor, writer, producer, and director – all while maintaining a monolithic presence. With The Ultimate Stallone Reader, this icon finally receives concerted academic attention. Eleven original essays by internationally-known scholars examine Stallone's contributions to mainstream cinema, independent film, and television. This volume also offers innovative approaches to star, gender, and celebrity studies, performance analysis, genre criticism, industry and reception inquiry, and the question of what it means to be an auteur. Ultimately, The Ultimate Stallone Reader investigates the place that Sylvester Stallone occupies within an industry and a culture that have both undergone much evolution, and how his work has reflected and even driven these changes.
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Film Sequels

Author: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748689478

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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A study of sequel production within recent Hollywood and beyond in terms of its industrial, cultural and global implications.
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Gullivers Reisen

Mit Biografie von Jonathan Swift

Author: Jonathan Swift

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027211174

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

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Gullivers Reisen ist das bekannteste Werk des irischen Schriftstellers, anglikanischen Priesters und Politikers Jonathan Swift. In dieser Originalfassung besteht der satirische Roman aus vier Teilen. In anschaulicher Erzählweise bringt Swift seine Verbitterung über zeitgenössische Missstände und seine Auffassung von der Relativität der menschlichen Werte zum Ausdruck. Bekannt ist insbesondere die zweiteilige Kinderbuchausgabe, in welcher Gulliver erst das Land der Zwerge entdeckt und dann im Land der Riesen landet. In ihr fehlen die sozialkritischen und satirischen Positionen. Zur Inhalt: Gulliver nimmt eine Tätigkeit auf einem Schiff an und arbeitet bald darauf als Arzt auf dem Schiff. Dieses aber gerät in einen Sturm. Gulliver sucht mit fünf anderen Besatzungsmitgliedern Schutz in einem Ruderboot, das jedoch kentert. Der Schiffbrüchige erreicht einen Strand und schläft dort ein; die anderen Besatzungsmitglieder sieht er nie wieder. Als er aufwacht, findet er sich an Armen, Beinen und Haaren mit Schnüren an den Boden gefesselt. Sechs Zoll kleine Winzlinge klettern auf seinem Körper herum. Gulliver gelingt es, die Fäden an seinem linken Arm zu lösen, worauf die Winzlinge eine Salve von Pfeilen auf ihn abfeuern, woraufhin er beschließt, sich besser ruhig zu verhalten. Die Zwerge bringen ihm zu essen und zu trinken und ziehen ihn sodann auf einem Holzrahmen in ihre Stadt, wo er an einem vor längerer Zeit aufgegebenen Tempelgebäude angekettet wird. Die vier Reisen Gullivers: Nach Liliput, ins Land der zwergenhaften Liliputaner Nach Brobdingnag, ins Land der Riesen Nach Laputa, Balnibarbi, Glubbdubdrib, Luggnagg und Japan Ins Land der Houyhnhnms und Yahoos Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
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Color and the Moving Image

History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive

Author: Simon Brown,Sarah Street,Liz Watkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136307893

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This new AFI Film Reader is the first comprehensive collection of original essays on the use of color in film. Contributors from diverse film studies backgrounds consider the importance of color throughout the history of the medium, assessing not only the theoretical implications of color on the screen, but also the ways in which developments in cinematographic technologies transformed the aesthetics of color and the nature of film archiving and restoration. Color and the Moving Image includes new writing on key directors whose work is already associated with color—such as Hitchcock, Jarman and Sirk—as well as others whose use of color has not yet been explored in such detail—including Eric Rohmer and the Coen Brothers. This volume is an excellent resource for a variety of film studies courses and the global film archiving community at large.
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Matinee Melodrama

Playing with Formula in the Sound Serial

Author: Scott Higgins

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813563305

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Long before Batman, Flash Gordon, or the Lone Ranger were the stars of their own TV shows, they had dedicated audiences watching their adventures each week. The difference was that this action took place on the big screen, in short adventure serials whose exciting cliffhangers compelled the young audience to return to the theater every seven days. Matinee Melodrama is the first book about the adventure serial as a distinct artform, one that uniquely encouraged audience participation and imaginative play. Media scholar Scott Higgins proposes that the serial’s incoherent plotting and reliance on formula, far from being faults, should be understood as some of its most appealing attributes, helping to spawn an active fan culture. Further, he suggests these serials laid the groundwork not only for modern-day cinematic blockbusters like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but also for all kinds of interactive media that combine spectacle, storytelling, and play. As it identifies key elements of the serial form—from stock characters to cliffhangers—Matinee Melodrama delves deeply into questions about the nature of suspense, the aesthetics of action, and the potentials of formulaic narrative. Yet it also provides readers with a loving look at everything from Zorro’s Fighting Legion to Daredevils of the Red Circle, conveying exactly why these films continue to thrill and enthrall their fans.
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Glorious Technicolor

Author: Connie Betz,Rainer Rother,Annika Schaefer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865052384

Category: Color cinematography

Page: 176

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Kaltblütig

Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036992340

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Im November 1959 wird in Holcomb, Kansas, die vierköpfige Familie Clutter brutal ermordet. Wenige Wochen später werden die Täter Dick Hickock und Perry Smith auf der Flucht geschnappt. Truman Capote erfährt aus der New York Times von dem Verbrechen und beschließt, am Tatort zu recherchieren. Er spricht mit Bekannten und Freunden der Familie, mit der Polizei. Schließlich erhält er Gelegenheit, mit den beiden Mördern zu reden. Mit der Zeit gelingt es ihm, so viel Nähe zu ihnen herzustellen, dass sie ihm präzise Innenansichten ihrer Seele erlauben. Fast sechs Jahre nach ihrer Tat begleitet er sie bis an den Galgen. Capotes herausragende Rekonstruktion eines Mordes wurde eine Sensation und begründete ein neues literarisches Genre: die "non-fiction novel", den Tatsachenroman. In einer atemberaubenden Sprache erzählt er, wie aus Menschen Mörder werden. Mit Kaltblütig landete Capote einen internationalen Bestseller.
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Magnus Chase 2: Der Hammer des Thor

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646929340

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 512

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Der Donnergott Thor hat mal wieder seinen Hammer verloren – die stärkste Waffe in allen Neun Welten! Und diesmal ist er zu allem Übel in Feindeshände geraten. Magnus und seine Freunde müssen den Hammer so schnell wie möglich zurückholen, denn ohne ihn ist die Welt der Sterblichen einem Angriff der Riesen wehrlos ausgeliefert. Der Weltuntergang Ragnarök droht! Als Verbündeten braucht Magnus ausgerechnet den gerissenen Gott Loki – doch der Preis für seine Hilfe ist hoch … Alle Bände der Magnus-Chase-Serie: Magnus Chase − Das Schwert des Sommers Magnus Chase − Der Hammer des Thor Magnus Chase − Das Schiff der Toten
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Der Dschungel

Author: Upton Sinclair (Schriftsteller, USA)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783293206649

Category:

Page: 416

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Zwischen Film und Kunst

Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg ; [anlässlich der Ausstellung Zwischen Film und Kunst. Storyboards von Hitchcock bis Spielberg, Kunsthalle Emden, 16. April bis 17. Juli 2011 und Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, 11. August bis 27. November 2011]

Author: Katharina Henkel,Peter Mänz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783866787247

Category:

Page: 191

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Between film and art, a storyboard uses drawn picture sequences to illustrate before the start of shooting how the film is meant to look. 'Between Film and Art' brings storyboard drawings face-to-face for the first time with the corresponding film sequences and works of visual art. Storyboards to 21 films by exemplary directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are juxtaposed with works of renowned artists such as Georg Baselitz, Alexander Calder, Alex Katz, Henri Michaux and Tony Oursler. This publication highlights similarities and mutual borrowings between both media in terms of motifs, artistic attitude, and the atmosphere created.0Exhibition: Kunsthalle Emden, Germany / Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, Germany / Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munich. 0.
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Silent Features

The Development of Silent Feature Films 1914-1934

Author: Steve Neale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780859892896

Category: Art

Page: 416

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A collection of essays on fifteen feature-length silent films and two silent serial features. The aims of the collection are threefold: to provide detailed accounts of a wide array of films produced between the early 1910s and the early 1930s; to focus principally on films that may be well-known but that have rarely been discussed in detail; and hence to appeal to those interested in film style and its history. Outstanding group of contributors - see details on Author Biography page - all are acknowledged and well-regarded scholars in the field, many of whom have established international reputations for their work in this area and a world-renowned editor.
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Laterna Magica. Mein Leben

Autobiografie

Author: Ingmar

Publisher: Alexander Verlag Berlin

ISBN: 3895814938

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

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"The voice of genius!" Woody Allen Ingmar Bergmans Leben in Rückblenden und assoziativ montiert: Die faszinierende Erzählung ist ein rückhaltloses Bekenntnis zu seinen großen Leidenschaften Theater, Film und Frauen. Entwaffnend ehrlich schildert er seine Kindheit im streng protestantischen Pfarrhaus und die prägenden Begegnungen mit Sexualität, Liebe und Tod, seine Krisen, Triumphe und Missererfolge und verliert dabei nie das Gefühl für Dramaturgie. "Gespenster, Teufel und Dämonen, gut, böse oder nur verdrießlich. Sie haben mir ins Gesicht geblasen, mich geschubst, mich mit Nadeln gestochen, an meinem Pullover gezerrt. Sie haben gesprochen, gefaucht oder geflüstert. Es waren deutliche Stimmen, nicht sonderlich verständlich, aber ignorieren konnte ich sie nicht." Ingmar Bergman, Laterna Magica
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