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Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

Fantasia of Color

The recent publication of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema, edited by Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, Joshua Yumibe, and Jonathon Rosen (Amsterdam University Press, 2015)  is a vivid example of the possibilities afforded by collaborations between historians and archives. The book consists mainly of beautiful color reproductions of images taken from pre-WWI films held in the collections of EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The images are accompanied by several rich essays detailing aspects of the production, reception, restoration, and preservation of color in films from the early cinema period. More than anything the color reproductions are outstanding reminders of the enduring enchantments of early motion picture techniques and technologies. More information can be found at Amsterdam University Press and Amazon. See also this great promotional video.