From: Dan Howard
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Subject: Re: Smile
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 04:21:33 GMT
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Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 04:21:33 GMT
Dave VanHorn wrote:
> Probably. Colour photography was invented in the mid/late 1930s, so it
> could mean WWII when the public got their hands on it.
> Legend has it that the Wizard of Oz was shot a fair ways in, in B/W, then
> when color became available, they backed up and re-shot it from the landing
> of the house in Oz.
> Genius move if true, because it is probably the first color movie that
> anyone saw.
> Imagine what that must have been like!
Even though I'm of a later generation (currently 38 years old), I don't
have to imagine. I saw the Wizard of Oz annually as a child on TV, but
we only had a B&W. In college, I took an elective entitled "20th century
humanities" which was essentially a film appreciation course, including
weekly viewings of classic films. We discussed Oz, and eventually saw it
in the campus theater. Before that class, no one had ever mentioned to
me that the middle of the movie was in color. Although I had seen plenty
of movies and TV in color, this experience made me feel closer to those
audiences who were first astounded by Technicolor. What a glorious
accident for me.