With movies going digital, IMAX and 3D, it’s nice to be reminded that once upon a time, just being able to see color on screen was the cutting edge of cinematic technology. Via BoingBoing, this lovely clip of filmed portraits from 1922 is a test of the Two-Color Kodachrome Process.
From Kodak’s blog:
In these newly preserved tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, actress Mae Murray appears almost translucent, her flesh a pale white that is reminiscent of perfectly sculpted marble, enhanced with touches of color to her lips, eyes, and hair. She is joined by actress Hope Hampton modeling costumes from The Light in the Dark (1922), which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton and an unidentified woman and child also appear.