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Wednesday, March 21 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Staging in Color. A Comparative Analysis of Technicolor and Agfacolor LIMITED

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Much has been written about the technology and aesthetics of three-strip Technicolor and its place in classical Hollywood cinema. A similar literature on the German color process Agfacolor, extending beyond its role as an instrument for political propaganda during the Third Reich, is not yet present in the academic discourse on color film.
Taking the different technological principles as a starting point—mechanical versus chemical—the presentation will explore the aesthetic distinctions and similarities that arose from working with the respective film stocks in vastly different institutional contexts, albeit during roughly the same time period.
On the basis of detailed film analyses with the computer-assisted method applied in the research project, the paper focuses on the aesthetic aspects of mise en scène as described by André Bazin (1955). In the tradition of David Bordwell’s (1989) Historical Poetics, different strategies regarding the staging of the characters and their relation to the filmic space will be elaborated on and linked to the technological properties of the film color processes.

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Michelle Beutler

PhD Student, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors, University of Zurich
Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film Studies at the University of Zurich (2011). Master of Arts in Film Studies within the Netzwerk Cinema CH at the University of Zurich, Lausanne and Basel (2016). Internship at the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, Wiesbaden and ARRI, Munich assisting... Read More →

Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:20am - 11:10am GMT
Clore Centre Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck University, London