Feb. 1 - 10, 2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Technicolor Dreams: The 2nd Annual Festival of Dye-Transfer Technicolor At the Movies!

Read Bill Desowitz' LA Times article about the series!

Read Daniel Baig's Countingdown.com article about this series!

Series Compiled by Jeff Joseph and Dennis Bartok. Additional Program Notes by Chris D.

Special Thanks to: Richard J. Goldberg/TECHNICOLOR; Robert Gladden, L.A. Fire Department; Rob Stone and Todd Wiener/UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE; Mike Pogorzelski and Fritz Herzog/ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES – Film Archive; Lowell Peterson; John Kirk and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Marilee Womack/WARNER CLASSICS; Anne Goodman/CRITERION PICTURES; Mrs. Presley/MOTION PICTURE ASSOC.; Ray Regis/NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY – Film Archive; Cathye Clark; PARAMOUNT REPERTORY; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA REPERTORY; Wade Williams; Mike Hyatt; Ken Kramer; Marvin Paige; Martin Scorsese and Mark McElhatten/CAPPA PROD. Plus a very special thank you to Tom Kiefaber, the Senator Theater in Baltimore, MD.

Trailers to be shown are from the archives of SabuCat Productions.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.



SCHEDULE (by series)

SCHEDULE (by date)







Co-presented with Sabucat Productions

Sponsored by Technicolor Worldwide Film Group

Almost a novelty when it was introduced in the early 1920’s, Technicolor reached its zenith in the 1940’s and 50’s, when classics like BLACK NARCISSUS, FOREVER AMBER, MOULIN ROUGE, THE QUIET MAN and BLOOD AND SAND were released using the brilliant, deeply-saturated hues of dye-transfer Technicolor (commonly known as IB or "imbibition".) Dye-transfer Technicolor prints are becoming increasingly scarce treasures since Technicolor stopped U.S. production of them in 1974 (although the process was recently revived on a limited basis). Following the sold-out success of our first Dye-Transfer Festival in February, 2000, this series will feature even more ultra-rare prints – including original nitrate copies of BLACK NARCISSUS, Shirley Temple’s THE LITTLE PRINCESS and FOREVER AMBER, plus beautiful dye-transfer prints of the James Bond films DOCTOR NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Sergio Leone’s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, a classic sci-fi double-feature of DESTINATION MOON and ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, rare Tech trailers and more!!


Friday, February 1 – 7:00 PM

Original Nitrate Technicolor Print!!

BLACK NARCISSUS, 1947, MGM/UA, 100 min. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s exquisite (and surprisingly erotic) drama of spiritual devotion and earthly temptation stars the luminous Deborah Kerr as a nun nearly overwhelmed by the physical beauty of her new Himalayan home, and the worldly charms of rugged David Farrar. Widely hailed as one of the most visually stunning films ever made (courtesy of d.p. Jack Cardiff’s Oscar-winning cinematography) – seen here in a gorgeous original nitrate Technicolor print!! Co-starring Sabu, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson. Nitrate Print Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – Film Archive. Jean Simmons in person!


Friday, February 1 – 9:15 PM

Agent 007 in Technicolor – Double Feature!

DOCTOR NO, 1962, MGM/UA, 111 min. Dir. Terence Young. Now almost taken for granted, this initial adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy novels was a subversive breath of fresh air, depicting for the first time a secret agent who was an unapologetically suave, promiscuous – and murderously good-looking -- hero. Sean Connery proved amazingly popular as the ultimate sexy beast, James Bond, ushering in the entire 1960’s spy film craze. One of the best of the Bond films, this gives Technicolor a sumptuous workout with its Caribbean locale and Ursula Andress’s sensual presence.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, 1963, MGM/UA, 118 min. Dir. Terence Young. Sean Connery’s second 007 outing more than lives up to expectations with Bond scouring exotic Istanbul for an elusive Lektor decoding machine. He’s helped by sly Pedro Armendariz and seductive Russian spy, Daniella Bianchi, as well as hunted by Aryan super killer Robert Shaw and sinister, butch Lotte Lenya as stiletto-toed Rosa Kleb. The nerve-shredding fistfight between Connery and Shaw aboard the Orient Express is not to be missed.


Saturday, February 2 – 5:00 PM

Rare 4-track Mag Stereo Print in Technicolor!!

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 1971, MGM/UA, 181 min. Coming at the end of the great era of Hollywood musicals, director Norman Jewison’s wonderful, elegiac FIDDLER ON THE ROOF added a note of somber realism to the genre, along with such soul-inspiring numbers as "Tradition" and "L’chaim (To Life)". Topol stars as the beleagured but still optimistic Russian milkman Tevye, trying to hold his Jewish family together in the face of troubling changes in the early 20th century. Based on Joseph Stein’s play, with music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Academy Award Winner for Best Cinematography (Oswald Mouis) and score (John Williams).


Saturday, February 2 – 8:30 PM

Double Feature: Original Nitrate Technicolor Prints!!

FOREVER AMBER, 1947, 20th Century Fox, 137 min. Dir. Otto Preminger. How could we not show FOREVER AMBER in a Technicolor Festival – especially in this stunning original nitrate copy that captures a blonde (!) Linda Darnell at her very best, as writer Kathleen Windsor’s chamber-hopping maiden Amber, who sleeps her way to the court of Charles II leaving broken hearts strewn in her wake. Co-starring Cornel Wilde, George Sanders and Jessica Tandy.

BLOOD AND SAND, 1941, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Our Technicolor saturation meter rates this off-the-scale as old school movie master Rouben Mamoulian directs Tyrone Power in the role of the bullfighter who loves not wisely but too well. High drama boils over both in and outside the bullring as Power throws over genuine heartthrob Linda Darnell for white-hot seductress Rita Hayworth! Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan shared Oscars for their lush cinematography.


Sunday, February 3 – 5:00 PM

50th Anniversary Double Feature:

MOULIN ROUGE, 1952, MGM/UA, 119 min. In the wake of Baz Luhrmann’s delirious MOULIN ROUGE, it’s worth taking a second look at master director John Huston’s heartbreakingly romantic portrait of the infamous Parisian dance hall and its most famous patron, painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (brilliantly portrayed by Jose Ferrer.) Co-starring Zsa Zsa Gabor as the Can Can dancer who breaks Toulouse-Lautrec’s heart. Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction and Costumes.

THE QUIET MAN, 1952, Paramount, 129 min. Dir. John Ford. John Wayne is the ‘quiet man’ of the title, a former boxer returning home to his Irish birthplace to fall in love with feisty Maureen O’Hara and butt heads with her big brother, Victor McLaglen. Ireland has never looked so emerald green as in this rowdy shaggy-dog story that’s filled to the brim with brawling, romance and general tomfoolery. With Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond. Winner of Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography (by Winston C. Hoch and Archie Stout).



Friday, February 8 – 7:00 PM

Actors Michael York & Joel  Grey In Person!!

CABARET, 1972, Warner Bros., 123 min. Director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s mad, desperate, thoroughly outrageous adaptation of Kander & Ebb’s Broadway musical stars Liza Minnelli in an Oscar-winning performance as cheerfully depraved sprite Sally Bowles, falling in love with na´ve writer Michael York in 1930’s Berlin, while the shadow of Nazism spreads across Europe. Co-starring Joel Grey as the devilish host of the sinful Kit Kat Klub. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Director, Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth) and Supporting Actor (Grey). Plus, a rarely-seen production short on the making of CABARET! Discussion following with actor Michael York & Joel Grey (schedule permitting). Also, Mr. York will be signing copies of his new book at 6:15 PM in the Lobby prior to the screening.


Friday, February 8 – 9:45 PM

"Man With No Name" Double Feature!

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, 1964, MGM/UA, 100 min. Director Sergio Leone remade Akira Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO with Clint Eastwood as a poncho-wearing, cheroot-chewing assassin, and wound up with the most revolutionary Western of the 1960’s (aided by composer Ennio Morricone’s instantly memorable theme music). Even if you’ve seen it before, see it again in this beautiful, original dye-transfer Technicolor print!

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, 1965, MGM/UA, 130 min. Leone’s sequel to FISTFUL stars Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef as rival bounty hunters who wind up tracking the same man (Gian Maria Volonte.) The final 3-way shootout ranks with the greatest set pieces in movie-making history.


Saturday, February 9


Saturday, February 9 10:30 AM – 11:40 AM


Saturday, February 9 – 5:00 PM

Classic Children’s Films Double Feature:

THE LITTLE PRINCESS, 1939, 20th Century Fox, 93 min. Dir. Walter Lang. Seen here in a gorgeous nitrate Technicolor print, this was one of star Shirley Temple’s most lavishly mounted films, a heartbreaking riches-to-rags story about a Victorian girl abandoned at an ultra-strict boarding school. Co-starring Anita Louise, Cesar Romero, Marsha Mae Jones and Sybil Jason.

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1939, Paramount, 74 min. A pioneering animation classic from brothers Max and Dave Fleischer (who created Betty Boop and brought Popeye to the screen), GULLIVER’S TRAVELS was a brave attempt to match the phenomenal popularity of Walt Disney’s SNOW WHITE. Adapted from the first part of Jonathan Swift’s satirical fantasy, the story follows Gulliver as he lands in the miniaturized land of Lilliput, and finds that prejudices come in all sizes. Discussion between films with THE LITTLE PRINCESS co-stars Marsha Mae Jones and Sybil Jason.


Saturday, February 9 – 8:45 PM

Paul Mantee & Victor Lundin In-Person! Classic Sci-Fi in Technicolor -- Double Feature!

ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, 1964, Paramount, 110 min. Paul Mantee stars as an astronaut abandoned on the Red Planet, dealing with simple necessities like finding drinkable water and avoiding marauding aliens, in this wonderfully human 1960’s sci-fi flick. Directed with surefire confidence by WAR OF THE WORLDS veteran Byron Haskin, from an excellent script by Ib Melchior and John C. Higgins. Co-starring Adam West and Vic Lundin. Don’t miss this chance to see the rarely revived ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS in a beautiful CinemaScope Technicolor print! Discussion following with Paul Mantee & Victor Lundin. Mr. Lundin will autograph video tapes and photos prior to the screening.

DESTINATION MOON, 1950, Wade Williams, 91 min. Dir. Irving Pichel. Producer George Pal’s rarely-screened classic helped usher in the sci-fi boom of the 1950’s, and featured amazingly realistic depictions (for the time) of manned space flight and lunar landing, aided by German rocket expert Hermann Oberth (who worked on Fritz Lang’s similarly futuristic DIE FRAU IM MOND in 1929!) Starring John Archer, Warner Anderson and Tom Powers. Academy Award winner for Best Special Effects. Plus, a long lost, 15 minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of DESTINATION MOON!!



Sunday, February 10


Sunday, February 10 10:30 AM – 11:40 AM


Sunday, February 10 – 5:00 PM

Original Nitrate Technicolor Print!! Russ Tamblyn In-Person!

SAMSON AND DELILAH, 1949, Paramount, 128 min. Cecil B. de Mille’s wildly entertaining Biblical parable stars the great Victor Mature in one of his finest roles, as the legendary desert strongman and rebel fighter, who loses his strength and his eye-sight for the love of ravishing Hedy Lamarr. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful Technicolor films made in Hollywood – seen here as audiences saw it back in 1949, in an original nitrate Technicolor print!! Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction and Costumes. Discussion following with Russ Tamblyn.


Sunday, February 10 – 7:30 PM

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, 1966, Columbia, 120 min. Director Fred Zinnemann’s classic drama (based on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA writer Robert Bolt’s award-winning play), A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS stars Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More, whose disagreement with former friend Henry the VIII (played by Robert Shaw) over divorce and Papal authority shook England in the 16th century. Riveting throughout with a cast of greats that includes Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York, John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Film, Actor, Director and Cinematography (by Ted Moore). Plus, "This Garden England," (1963, approx. 20 min.), a lovely short on the beauties of the English countryside that shows Technicolor in all its radiant glory!