An Ethereal 1922 Color Film Test

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Up for consideration for the 2012 Registry of the National Film Preservation Board is an extraordinary color test from 1922. Explains Kodak, "The Two-Color Kodachrome Process was an attempt to bring natural lifelike colors to the screen through the photochemical method in a subtractive color system. First tests on the Two-Color Kodachrome Process were begun in late 1914. Shot with a dual-lens camera, the process recorded filtered images on black/white negative stock, then made black/white separation positives. The final prints were actually produced by bleaching and tanning a double-coated duplicate negative (made from the positive separations), then dyeing the emulsion green/blue on one side and red on the other. Combined they created a rather ethereal palette of hues.”

Read a fascinating intro to the film here on cinematographer John Bailey's blog. Watch the test in all its charming glory below.

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