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Friday, October 20, 2006

HDTV: Technicolor redux?

Back in the 1930s, many top actresses were reluctant to appear in the first Technicolor movies.

"...[C]olor goes a little screwy at times and I'm not just sure I want to make a Technicolor picture," said Carole Lombard. Bette Davis declined to appear in Warner Bros.' first movie using the three-strip Technicolor process.

Now, actresses like Vanessa Williams and Blythe Danner seem to feel the same way about appearing on HDTV sets.


  • I like it when you give quotes and references to put a historical perspective on similar technological paradigm shifts.

    By Blogger The Unknown Filmmaker, at 9:49 PM  

  • Blythe Danner needs to get over herself. It's not as if the vertical resolution of the film stock used in the movie The Last Kiss is any less than your best HD format. Actresses (and actors) who demand to be lit certain ways and shot with certain wrinkle-reducing filters will continue to be plentiful in the brave HD future. A pliant cinematographer could easily make Vanessa Williams look 18 again, like her mental self-image-- and apparent IQ.

    By Blogger J. Ott, at 12:00 PM  

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