Timeline of Historical Film Colors

This database was created and is curated by Barbara Flueckiger, professor at the Institute of Cinema Studies, University of Zurich. Please see more information about the project here. Support the further development of Timeline of Historical Film Colors via Stripe.

 

Access detailed information on over 230 individual film color processes via the classification system on this page or display the Timeline of Historical Film Colors in chronological order.

Autonomous Colors (applied colors)

Mimetic processes (natural colors)

Additive Colors

Subtractive Colors

Other

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