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Tue, 26 Oct 1993 16:45:49 EDT
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To Alison McKee and others interested in forty-five year old color films:
On Tue, 26 Oct 1993 12:36:00 PDT you said:
>Okay, I have a question.  I am in search of a 35mm print of
>PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (William Dieterle:  1948) that still features
>the original green tinting in the final reel and Technicolor in
>the last shot.
>Failing that, I'd settle for a videotape with the above color features
>intact.  None of the videotape versions I've seen have retained any of the
>Any suggestions?
>Alison McKee
>Department of Film and Television
My understanding of the technology of Technicolor tells me that it is
unlikely that you will find a copy of the film with anything like
accurate colors since color film tends to fade each time it goes
through a projector.  Each print will fade differently due to varied
experiences through various projectors.
I've seen this effect on color films from the early 'seventies (e.g.,
GODFATHER (1972).   Is Bob Rosen still at UCLA?  He would understand
this issue better than I've explained it.
Cal Pryluck, Radio-Television-Film, Temple University, Philadelphia
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