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'WINGS OF THE MORNING' (1936) ~ First British Three Strip Colour Feature ~Friday 17th January, 2014

'Wings of the Morning' (1936)  Annabella and Henry Fonda

Time for more early colour this Friday with the first three-strip Technicolor feature length film shot in Britain , ''Wings of the Morning,' (1936). This 16mm print is an original, possibly Technicolor, print.

The pioneer cinematographer for 'Wings of the Morning' was Ray Rennahan who was cinematographer for 'Becky Sharp' (1935) the first three-strip Technicolor feature length film. The three-strip Technicolor camera held three rolls of black and white film stock, one utilising a prism and two as bipack. To capture the colour image a tremendous amount of lighting was required. The speed rating of early Technicolor was a mere 5 ASA.

Jack Cardiff Poses with the Technicolor Camera 'Wings of the Morning' was Jack Cardiff's first colour feature. He studied at the London Technicolor Laboratories. However this film's negative was processed in the USA.


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