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Color me amazed! Church of Film shows shorts

Nov. 15 program at Anita highlights early forms of colorization

Published on November 7, 2018 3:01PM

A specimen of film trying to ‘break free’ from black-and-white into color.

Courtesy Anita

A specimen of film trying to ‘break free’ from black-and-white into color.


ASTORIA — Church of Film presents a program of short films showcasing early colorization at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Anita, 1312 Commercial St.

Church of Film has presented a wide array of experimental cult cinema to much acclaim for a number of years in Portland.

The program is a treasure trove of short film work from the beginning of cinema to the mid-20th century, revealing filmmakers trying to break free from the silver screen into glorious color.

The Anita set will feature beautiful hand-stenciled coloration, two-tone Technicolor processing, and other means and methods of bringing images into living color.

Films will include Pathécolor fairy tale films, scandalous pre-code dance skits like “The Devil’s Cabaret” and other candy-colored adventures. Get your eyes drunk!

The program will be preceded by a set by musical Kranky artist Benoît Pioulard.



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