Monday, October 19, 2009

The Red Death is Going to Ruin Your Party

This is a scene from one of my favorite movies, the 1925 Lon Chaney starring "Phantom of the Opera".

If you skip to 2:10 in the timeline, you'll get right to the Phantom upping the ante.

While we think of films as "Black and White", two-toned color processes were being experimented with even then. And the use of tint on a scene to indicate day, night, etc... was par for the course. In the past few years, Universal found original reels that had not been re-printed to simple black and white emulsion, and the effect is simply stunning.

I'd seen this movie a half-dozen times, but the two-tone color gives it a definite kick the graytones don't really capture.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It's Michael Jackson! Seriously, this is gorgeous and I'm geeking out over it a little bit. And I love that creepy Lon Chaney.

For Halloween I'm going to go back in time and go to film school. Spooky!