Tom Gunning and Jonathon Rosen: Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

Tom Gunning and Jonathon Rosen:

Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

“Reveries of the most hallucinatory imaginations.”—Hyperallergic

“Mysterious and wondrous effects! And such a fascinating history!”—Guy Maddin

Attention, lovers of the celluloid image: here is an opportunity to travel back in time by way of a ravishing treasure trove of hand-colored cinematic visions and wonders from more than a century ago. Beautiful restorations of these rare films are showcased in the new book Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema, the revelatory, lavishly illustrated exploration of the first-ever uses of applied color in movies. Accompanied by live music, superb digital transfers of restored work from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands can now take viewers to when colored moving images truly opened a portal into otherworldly magic and the uncanny—and yet could also heighten realism. Two of the book’s authors, film scholar Tom Gunning, of the University of Chicago, and painter, illustrator and animator Jonathon Rosen, of the School of Visual Arts, introduce this delightful cinematic phantasmagoria.

In person: Tom Gunning, Jonathon Rosen

Film restorations by EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam. The Jack H. Skirball Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

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