Questions of Colour in Cinema

From Paintbrush to Pixel

by Wendy Everett (Volume editor)
©2008 Conference proceedings 242 Pages
Series: New Studies in European Cinema, Volume 6


Colour is one of the few remaining uncharted territories of film studies, and its centrality to the construction and reception of film narratives has only recently been recognised. After a century of widespread critical and theoretical neglect, colour is now poised to become a prime focus within film studies at all levels, and this book will constitute a key voice within this debate. In a series of wide-ranging critical essays, marked by authoritative and innovative perspectives, the volume explores the shifting technologies, theories, and practices of colour in cinema, highlighting the intricate relationship between technological, philosophical, and artistic concerns, and making a compelling case for colour as a dominant and complex signifier in filmic discourse. The essays are divided into three main sections exploring the historical and technical dimensions of colour, the aesthetics of colour, and the significance of colour in relation to broader issues of race, gender, and identity, and are interdisciplinary and transnational in their focus. They provide the reader with a clear understanding of the significance of colour, exploring new pathways and identifying discoveries still to be made.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (December)
Geschichte Cinematography Film Kongress Herstmonceux (2005) Theory Colour Aesthetic Figurative Movement Colour construction Practice Farbe
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 242 pp.

Biographical notes

Wendy Everett (Volume editor)

The Editor: Wendy Everett is Reader in Film Studies and French at the University of Bath. Her principal research interests are in European cinema, and recent published books include European Identity in Cinema (2006), Revisiting Space. Space and Place in European Cinema (2005), jointly edited with Axel Goodbody, and a study of the work of the British director Terence Davies (2004). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Literature/Film Quarterly, and co-editor of Peter Lang’s New Studies in European Cinema.


Title: Questions of Colour in Cinema