A Visual Diary of Gorgeous Technicolor Films

The Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation was founded by MIT grads in 1916, named after the university. In its early stages, Technicolor was complex and expensive, because it required custom cameras and three times the amount of film stock (in comparison to black-and-white) to create. What started as a two-color process (red and green) grew to a three-strip process — three filmstrips, one for blue, red, and green, were layered during printing. Dyes were added during the final stage. This resulted in rich, bright images that could look candy-colored, like the vibrant musicals with which Technicolor is often associated, or lurid, in the case of several horror films and the rare noir. Through August 5, MoMA’s retrospective Glorious Technicolor examines this brilliant chapter in Hollywood history. We’re celebrating along with them by offering this visual diary of gorgeous Technicolor films that remind us of the magic of movies.