BERLIN (dpa) – The Berlin Film Festival plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Technicolor at next February’s festival by screening about 30 movies showcasing the colour film process, organisers said on Tuesday.
The films, which are to be screened in the festival’s Retrospective section, were made between the early years of Technicolor and 1953, and have been substantially restored.
“The blazing red of southern skies in Gone with the Wind or the ecstatic yellow of the raincoats in Singin’ in the Rain – in those days, the play of dramatically intensified colours was a sensation,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.
“The Technicolor process combined with cultural and economic trends produced great cinematic works of art that still thrill audiences today,”he said.
The Berlinale, which is one of the world’s leading film festivals alongside Cannes and Venice, will mark its 65th year next February.
The Technicolor era dates back to 1915 when inventors Herbert T Kalmus, Daniel Comstock and W. Burton Wescott developed the two-colour process in the United States.
Among the films to be screened in Berlin will be George Sidney’s 1948 adventure film The Three Musketeers, Victor Fleming’s 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz and Howard Hawks’ 1953 classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe.
Last week the Berlinale announced that US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will head up the jury for the festival’s main competition for its top prize for best picture.
Aronofsky has won a series of prizes and secured nominations for awards at the world’s major film festivals. This includes for two of his latest movies – The Wrestler and Black Swan – which he both directed and produced.