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Berlin Film Festival to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Technicolor

LONDON — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Technicolor as part of its Retrospective program. The fest will screen some 30 Technicolor films, some of which have been restored.

“The blazing red of Southern skies in ‘Gone with the Wind’ or the ecstatic yellow of the raincoats in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ – in those days, the play of dramatically intensified colors was a sensation. The Technicolor process combined with cultural and economic trends to produce great cinematic works of art that still thrill audiences today,” Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said.

The selected pics, which were produced between the dawn of Technicolor in 1915 and 1953, include “Gone with the Wind,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and George Sidney’s “The Three Musketeers.”

“Thanks to the cooperation with George Eastman House in Rochester, we will be able to present prints from one of the world’s largest and best preserved collections of Technicolor films — and they will range from original prints to modern color film prints. Thanks to the support of other film archives and studios, we will also be showing a large number of restored versions,” commented Rainer Rother, head of the Retrospective and artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek.

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