Page 18 of 19 FirstFirst ... 816171819 LastLast
Results 341 to 360 of 366
  1. #341
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    Yes, Steve, the original 10 x 8 black and white stills were very high quality and would be preferable to an original Front-of-House still if you want a very clear image. Interesting to see the complete Front-of-House set on the PaPAS site, as a complete original set from around 70 years ago must be very rare indeed by now. I've always been intrigued by the fact that in those days, British Front-of-House stills for colour films were laboriously colour tinted by hand, then presumably the hand tinted image was photographed in colour and printed in colour in large numbers. That being the case, then why not photograph the scenes in colour in the first place for a more realistic reproduction? There were colour photos printed in magazines even that far back, so the technology existed at the time, yet this strange process of hand colouring black and white stills for colour films went on even into the 1970s and it was very inconsistent, with some sets obviously composed of real colour photos and others obviously hand tinted. However, the still that seller wanted at least �250 for must be a real rarity by now and I think he could reasonably ask, say, �30 for it...but surely not �250.
    Sellers can ask whatever they like for an item. Some offer things at a ridiculously high price just to see if they can get away with it or to see how much interest there is in it. Others genuinely have no idea of an item's true value

    Steve

  2. #342
    Senior Member Country: Great Britain
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,903
    Liked
    23 times
    Is this UCLA resource of educational purpose any good? Recently found on-line when looking for something else

    https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/sites/de...oesBooklet.pdf

  3. #343
    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    6,020
    Liked
    98 times
    Some marvellous photos; stills and info there, Rick. I've never seen those pages before.

  4. #344
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick C View Post
    Is this UCLA resource of educational purpose any good? Recently found on-line when looking for something else

    https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/sites/de...oesBooklet.pdf
    That's the American booklet produced by UCLA to go with the 2009 restoration. It takes some things from the original Red Shoes booklet, others are articles by the likes of Scorsese & Bob Gitt from the UCLA Film & television archive about the restoration

    Steve

  5. #345
    Senior Member Country: UK Nick Cooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    474
    Liked
    0 times
    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    I've always been intrigued by the fact that in those days, British Front-of-House stills for colour films were laboriously colour tinted by hand, then presumably the hand tinted image was photographed in colour and printed in colour in large numbers. That being the case, then why not photograph the scenes in colour in the first place for a more realistic reproduction? There were colour photos printed in magazines even that far back, so the technology existed at the time, yet this strange process of hand colouring black and white stills for colour films went on even into the 1970s and it was very inconsistent, with some sets obviously composed of real colour photos and others obviously hand tinted.
    You have to bear in mind that, a) colour film/processing was expensive, b) most publications in the 1930s and 1940s were only printing in b/w, and c) with some films that a huge number of on-set photographs will have been taken, and only a very small number subsequently selected for lobby card use.

    Of the films that I collect, for Things to Come (1936) there were at least 518 numbered and ditributed production stills, at least 200 for The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936), and even Yangste Incident (1957) clocked up 150. Even these will have been a subset of all the photographs actually taken during each production.

  6. #346
    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    6,020
    Liked
    98 times
    Well, I guess that my by now 97 stills from The Fallen Idol are only at least half of what was produced. But the film was in black and white so there was no need to colour tint the stills. The first Film Review annual in 1944 had a lot of colour plates in natural colour that, according to F. Maurice Speed, were derived from Kodachrome film. Probably the worst hand coloured examples were the American Lobby Cards (14 x 11 inches as opposed to our 8 x 10 issues). If someone was wearing a white shirt on one of them, they'd colour it yellow every time.

  7. #347
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    I was just checking the TV listings for next week in the Radio Times and on Wed 13th Jan they are showing Summer Holiday (1963) on Film4
    But although it's a colour film they have a B&W still for it

    So they were still using B&W stills for colour films in 1963
    (Yes, I know it has a B&W opening sequence)

    Steve

  8. #348
    Senior Member Country: Great Britain
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,903
    Liked
    23 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook View Post
    I was just checking the TV listings for next week in the Radio Times and on Wed 13th Jan they are showing Summer Holiday (1963) on Film4
    But although it's a colour film they have a B&W still for it

    So they were still using B&W stills for colour films in 1963
    (Yes, I know it has a B&W opening sequence)

    Steve
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Spy Who Came in from the Cold was b/w, but the accompanying paperback promotion I have from all those years ago has a colour still on the cover.

    Maybe with Summer Holiday, the TV channel thought black and white would give the presentation some kind of nostalgic charm? Either that or they thought a colour shot might impress their viewers that Cliff had gone through an ultimate rejuvenation?

  9. #349
    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    6,020
    Liked
    98 times
    Even if a film was in colour in those days, lots of black and white stills were taken during production for use in newspapers and colour stills were also taken for use in magazines. It was a mixture. I have seen the Front-of-House set for Summer Holiday and all eight stills in the set are of real colour photographs.

  10. #350
    Senior Member Country: Australia IlllIIllllIIii's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    804
    Liked
    0 times
    I wonder how this PnP project is progressing?

    Charles Drazin, a Lecturer from Queen Mary University of London is researching Alfred Junge in Texas. The video is dated August last year�

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8e_HTBq3WA

  11. #351
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    The Blue Plaque scheme is celebrating 150 years
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...glish-heritage

    Powell and Pressburger, Gloucester Place, NW1
    by Martin Scorsese

    I love London's blue plaques � they�re integral to the life of the city, monuments that keep your eye connected to history in such a wonderfully simple way. I was excited to help honour Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, otherwise known as The Archers, with a plaque outside their old headquarters off the Marylebone Road. This was where they conceived and created some of their greatest pictures, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I'm Going and Black Narcissus.

    When the current owner of the flat moved in four years ago, he had no idea that it had been occupied during the war years by The Archers. Today, Powell and Pressburger are known and justly celebrated. But when I met Michael in 1975 he was living in a trailer, and he and Emeric had resigned themselves to being forgotten, lost to history along with their films � films that are now recognised as treasures of the cinema.

    So, if you happen to be strolling through Regent�s Park, or maybe visiting Abbey Road or the Sherlock Holmes Museum, take a walk over to Dorset House on Gloucester Place, where Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made movie history.

    Steve

  12. #352
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Quote Originally Posted by IlllIIllllIIii View Post
    I wonder how this PnP project is progressing?

    Charles Drazin, a Lecturer from Queen Mary University of London is researching Alfred Junge in Texas. The video is dated August last year—

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8e_HTBq3WA
    I've emailed Charles Drazin to ask him how it's coming on

    Steve

  13. #353
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook View Post
    I've emailed Charles Drazin to ask him how it's coming on
    Charles says that he's just about finished his research on Alfred Junge and "this summer hope to be able to concentrate on the writing"

    He'll let me know when it's finished so that we can help promote it

    Steve

  14. #354
    Senior Member Country: Great Britain
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,903
    Liked
    23 times
    I take it we've all seen this one coming up in the radio schedules for later this week?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z6w01

  15. #355
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick C View Post
    I take it we've all seen this one coming up in the radio schedules for later this week?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z6w01
    Yes, indeed

    Thelma and Michael

    Nicholas Wapshott tells the story of how film director Martin Scorsese unwittingly acted as cupid in one of cinema's greatest love stories.

    While working on Raging Bull in 1980, Scorsese introduced his American film editor Thelma Schoonmaker to his boyhood hero, the celebrated British director Michael Powell. Despite their 35 year age difference - Powell was 75 - the two fell in love and were married until Powell's death in 1994.

    In this programme, Martin Scorsese assesses Powell's work on classic movies life The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and The Red Shoes, and recalls introducing him to his long time cutting room colleague Schoonmaker.

    Using clips from some of his best known films and tributes from academics and critics, Nicholas Wapshott puts Michael Powell's heritage in perspective and, in exclusive interviews with Scorsese and Schoonmaker, explores the brilliance of the two lovers and how their unlikely relationship developed in the cutting room.

    A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 4

    Steve

  16. #356
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Liminal soundscapes in Powell & Pressburger’s wartime films

    An academic article about the use of sound in P&P films, especially the wartime films
    http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/7x...fCzUu48JW/full

    Steve

  17. #357
    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    29,732
    Liked
    418 times
    Hello everyone,
    I see that A Canterbury Tale (1944) is being shown today on the London Live channel at 15:30

    Thanks to my Virgin PVR (TIVO) system for spotting anything by Powell and/or Pressburger on any of the multiple channels and marking it to be recorded without any manual intervention from me

    Remember to "plank it out at Christmas"

    Steve

  18. #358
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    172
    Liked
    0 times
    I note that one of the specialist subjects on the next edition of Mastermind is the films of Powell and Pressburger on Friday 3rd February BBC2 20.00 - 20.30

  19. #359
    Senior Member Country: England
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    278
    Liked
    0 times
    I know it is a bit of a quirky film and not particularly well regarded, but I am surprised that OH ROSALINDA ! (1955) has never been released on DVD.

    I thought that it may have been one of the 450 titles licensed by StudioCanal to Network in 2012, but it would appear not.

  20. #360
    Senior Member Country: Great Britain
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,903
    Liked
    23 times
    Very recent posting over on CinemaTreasures shows an up-front display in America for Colonel Blimp

    http://cinematreasures.org/photos/199062

Page 18 of 19 FirstFirst ... 816171819 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. For lovers of Powell and Pressburger
    By MrT in forum General Film Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-08-11, 07:57 AM
  2. Powell & Pressburger locations
    By stevie boy in forum Film Locations
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 23-10-08, 11:28 PM
  3. Powell & Pressburger Season
    By Chevyman in forum Films on TV
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30-08-08, 04:25 PM
  4. The Directorspective: Powell & Pressburger
    By Steve Crook in forum Dates for your Diary
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 16-03-08, 09:52 AM
  5. Four New Powell & Pressburger Dvds
    By Steve Crook in forum Latest DVD Releases
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-04-06, 09:49 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts