Monday, February 25, 2013

I really need to start numbering these "briefs" posts

I noticed in the opening credits to In Cold Blood, which aired today, that one of the credits reads "Print by Technicolor". Of course, In Cold Blood was filmed in black and white, and a very good job of B&W cinematography it was. There's actually a reason for that, as mentioned in an article at Reel Classics. What w think of as the brilliant Technicolor movies from the late 1930s through the 1950s were produced using an "imbibition" process, roughly filtering the negatives through several sets of dyes. Less expensive printing processes care around in the 1950s, and apparently the Technicolor company made prints even for some black and white movies.

I never knew any of the Joe McDoakes shorts were nominated for an Oscar, but apparently one was, as TCM is showing So You Want to Be on the Radio overnight tonight at 12:19 AM, or just after Dead Poets Society.

Iran is complaining that the Academy selected Argo as this year's Best Picture, calling it politically motivated. If the Academy were that politically motivated, you'd think they would have nominated Ben Affleck for Best Director too. I suppose the Iranian government should be comforted by the thought that some of the Americans who dislike Iran the most were probably irritated by the fact that Michelle Obama was the person who announced the winner. Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed.

1 comment:

Tom said...

If I recall correctly, at last year's Oscars, another movie set in Iran won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film: A Separation. I don't remember what Iran's response was, but I'm sure it wasn't favorable either.