L’âme des moulins / De Molens die juichen en weenen
R: Alfred Machin. D: Jacques Vandenne, Maurice Mathieu, Germaine Dury, Germaine Lécuyer, Marre. P: Pathé Frères / Hollandsche Film. Fr / Ne 1912
“One of the gems of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands collections (…) Featuring stencil colors in different sequences as well as tints and tones, the film can serve as a showcase of the whole gamut of Pathé’s applied colors in the pre-WWI era. (The image below) shows a reproduction of a frame from an especially beautiful scene, a chiaroscuro night shot of a man walking towards a mill from De Molens die juichen en weenen. The shot is toned blue and tinted pink. Even in the printed reproduction, the color is recognizable as a blue typically resulting from an Iron Blue tone. The pink is similar to the color obtained with cosin or amaranth, dyes historically commonly used for tinting.”
Ulrich Ruedel, Daniela Curro, and Claudy op den Kamp: Towards a more accurate preservation of color. In: Simon Brown, Sarah Street, and Liz Watkins (ed.): Color and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive. New York and London (Routledge) 2013, p. 223 f.
>>> George A. Smith’s Colour Experiments, The Colours of Pathé, Colours True to Nature