14 December 2009
What do you all think about this?
Sorry, I’m opposed to colourization of b&w feature films on principle, and have said so many times before. Doing it to straight documentary footage I don’t mind *so* much, like if someone wanted to do the various ’64-65 performance clips, or the Maysles doc, and they have colour reference photos (cf. “All You Need Is Love ” broadcast) to compare so they can get it accurate, that’s one thing. But feature films are works of art; Richard Lester and Gilbert Taylor + crew worked hard to achieve the look they wanted, and they couldn’t expect that their efforts would be wiped out by technology. Black-and-white photography has its own kind of unreal beauty that can’t be compared to mere representative reality, and I’d hate to see that erased.
Colourizing “A Hard Day’s Night ” is, in my opinion, as terrible an idea as making monochrome editions of “Help !” or “Yellow Submarine “. (I’m totally fine with colouring behind-the-scenes documentary footage of the *making of* AHDN , but I dunno how much of that stuff exists, if any.)
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I agree. Black and white photography is an art per se, so colourizing it is a kind of disrespect to those who spent their time and energy in composing the light and shadow to that effect.
Same as we do not need a colourized version of Yojimbo, or Citizen Kane.
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1 December 2009
ARGH one thing about the movie that always annoys me anew everytime I re-re-re- etc. -watch: How the film eliminates the ringing guitar outro abruptly and entirely from the title track/opening sequence! Dunno why Lester couldn’t have just let it play and fade naturally while the natural sounds of the train drown it out – there are still several seconds before the first dialogue is heard.
GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.