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Questions of Colour in Cinema

From Paintbrush to Pixel


Edited By Wendy Everett

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.


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Contents WENDY EVERETT Mapping Colour: An Introduction to the Theories and Practices of Colour 7 Practices of Colour: Technical Dimensions and the Construction of Meaning JOSHUA YUMIBE Silent Cinema Colour Aesthetics 41 RAPHAËLLE COSTA-DE-BEAUREGARD From Screen to Flesh: The Language of Colour in The Belly of an Architect 57 ISABELLE VANDERSCHELDEN Digital Painting: Colour Treatment in the Cinema of Jean-Pierre Jeunet 67 ANDREA RINKE Sonnenallee – Rock’n’ Roll and Passport Control: How an East German Comedy Colours the Past 85 Aesthetics of Colour WENDY EVERETT Colour as Space and Time: Alternative Visions in European Film 105 LAURE BROST On Seeing Red: The Figurative Movement of Film Colour 127 BEN MCCANN ‘Bliss in Blueness’: Colour Strategies in the Films of Michael Mann 141 RICHARD MISEK ‘Last of the Kodak’: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Struggle with Colour 161 Race, Gender, and Colour HILARIA LOYO Blinding Blondes: Whiteness, Femininity, and Stardom 179 LIZ WATKINS The (Dis)Articulation of Colour: Cinematography, Femininity, and Desire in Jane Campion’s In the Cut 197 Select Bibliography 217 Filmography 227 Notes on Contributors 233 Index 237

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