Longlisted for the 2019 Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award!
Joint Review: "The Colour Fantastic and Chromatic Modernity are undoubtedly two significant contributions to their growing sub-field. ... They promote a fastidious treatment of relevant key contexts, from aesthetic discourses and polemics to technological and cultural innovations. And yet, equally, they prove that insisting upon the complexity of this history and eschewing simple linear explanations is not to make it inaccessible to non-colour specialists - such is the profound impression of originality and scholarly necessity created by their consistently sophisticated argumentation and deftly articulated interventions." - Patrick Adamson, Frames Cinema Journal, No 17 (2020)
"Reading this volume, I was taken with the passionate and relentless dedication to early film colour’s study spearheaded by a group of diverse and committed researchers over a span of decades. Their efforts "personalize" research and point to the growing cohort of human agents who make the expanding and transformational discourses about colour legible. This volume is an elegantly curated and timely contribution to the continuing scholarship on early cinematic colour and its relationship to 21st century material, visual, and digital cultures." - Denise Mok, Film & History 49.2
Sparked by a groundbreaking Amsterdam workshop titled "Disorderly Order: Colours in Silent Film," scholarly and archival interest in colour as a crucial aspect of film form, technology and aesthetics has enjoyed a resurgence in the past twenty years. In the spirit of the workshop, this anthology brings together international experts to explore a diverse range of themes that they hope will inspire the next twenty years of research on colour in silent film. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores archival restoration, colour film technology, colour theory, and experimental film alongside beautifully saturated images of silent cinema.
Giovanna Fossati is the chief curator of Eye Filmmuseum and professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
Victoria Jackson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol, UK.
Bregt Lameris is a post-doc at the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi is the Silent Film Curator at the EYE Filmuseum, Amsterdam.
Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol. She is the author of British Cinema in Documents (2000), Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA (2002) and Black Narcissus (2004).
Joshua Yumibe holds a joint appointment as assistant professor and director of Film Studies at Michigan State University and as a lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews.