When many of us lay people think of the first color movies, the wonderful world to which Dorothy awakes in The Wizard of Oz pops to mind, but the first color film was actually made thirty-seven years before this Technicolor extravaganza and has recently been discovered collecting dust in the archives of the National Media Museum in the UK.
The coloring process used in the test reel was patented by Edward Raymond Turner in 1899, and he shot these samples shortly before his sudden death in 1902. The Edwardian method, as it’s been dubbed, was actually of a superior quality to the Kinemacolour process used in what was previously thought to be the oldest color film, taken in 1909.
To view clips from this incredible discovery, check out the full story at the BBC.
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