Should you, pricey reader, ever see a repertory screening promoting an I.B. Tech print — quick for imbibition Technicolor — you may see that the colour is as dazzling now because it was 65 years in the past. Acetate colour inventory tended to degrade and fade sooner, leaving older Kodak-developed prints wanting purple and washed out. Prints made in Fujicolor laboratories tended to fade to a delicate blue. When acetate begins to interrupt down, it offers off a powerful chemical odor paying homage to vinegar, a dire degradation that many projectionists imagine can unfold from print to print. That is what the insider movie time period “vinegar syndrome” refers to.
The three-strip Technicolor course of was not new in 1952. Certainly, it was just a few years from being retired altogether. The primary three-strip Technicolor function movie was Rouben Mamoulian‘s “Becky Sharp” from 1935, photographed by Ray Rennahan of “Gone with the Wind” fame. The primary quick three-strip quick movie was the Disney animated quick “Flowers and Timber,” additionally photographed by Rennahan. Disney was an early adopter of the method.
Stanley Donen, in a 2009 interview with DGA Quarterly, remembers what it was wish to movie with three-strip cameras. As a result of there was actually triple the movie inventory in every digicam, the machines have been heavy and large, requiring enlarged lenses and monstrous movie canisters. Donen additionally remembers that three-strip Technicolor required extra mild than any earlier cameras. There was no technique to make something look “pure” within the three-strip course of.