The Toll of the Sea and Technicolor at UCLA

Tomorrow, UCLA’s Nitrate to Digital series marches on with a presentation that the Pictorial is particularly keen about: Technicolor.

Anna May Wong in THE TOLL OF THE SEA, 1923

The history of Technicolor is (and I do hate to make the pun) a colorful one indeed, although the technicalities of the technology’s early processes can be daunting. (Additive color, subtractive color, cement print, dye transfer … you get the picture.) Which is why we’re excited that Robert Gitt, UCLA’s esteemed preservation officer, will present an illustrated history of Technicolor before screening the 1923 silent drama The Toll of the Sea starring the beautiful Anna May Wong. Toll of the Sea is the first feature film ever prodcuded in the two-color Technicolor process (Which we’ve mentioned before here at the Pictorial). It is a visual treat to see the calm, muted pastels of this particular color process (my personal favorite) on the big screen—the film itself ain’t so bad either.

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