Londonist again.  I didn't know there were color films in 1927.  Watch this fantastic short film and the recreation, shot by shot, in modern London.  Even the sound track is wonderful.  Hit it!


I should add, while I watched, I realized I was observed, here at my computer, by a portrait of my mother as a young child, done the same year, 1927.

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Thank you for that fascinating link! The similarities are as startling as the differences (including the freeing up of Marble Arch from its gates and stone guardians).


I've passed it along to my daughter, whose teenage students were sure the other day that color films were only about 30 years old...

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

It's possible that the images are hand colored, an art with which I have some experience although still photos only.    One would have to dig deeper to find out the timing of the use of color stock.  I suspect there were a number of phases so it would depend on one's definition.


Read here while I go watch a movie:

Back to research, and found that between 1903 and 35 there were quite a few colored films, colored in the sense of dye being added (usually by mechanical, not hand, process). 1935's Technicolor Process 4 was the first true color film, made with 4 negatives (CMYK).


Claude Friese-Greene, responsible for the London film, used a process (started by his father) that used multiple copies of black and white negatives, rephotographing them through different color filters.


Both stories are quite interesting!




The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Many older buildings and structures in the UK get a Grade 1 or 2 "Listed Building" Preservation Order. Some orders include the interior too.

Helps to stop the spread of faceless skyscrapers with no lasting architectural qualities.

Enjoyed watching that film. Thanks PM.

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