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28-31 march 2015

Eye Conference 2015

The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema

Still from When the Earth Trembled (1913, Barry O’Neil).
Still from When the Earth Trembled (1913, Barry O’Neil).

The conference will explore a diverse range of archival and academic topics and provide a stimulating environment for specialists from across different disciplines. It will also include screenings of restored and/or rarely seen films.The keynote speakers will be filmmaker and writer Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate and Diva Dolorosa), Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) and Vanessa Toulmin (National Fairground Archive/University of Sheffield).

Twenty years on from the groundbreaking Amsterdam workshop Disorderly Order: Colours in Silent Film, this conference will celebrate this milestone anniversary by providing a new forum to explore contemporary archival and academic debates around colour in the silent era.

Still from L’album merveilleux (1905, Gaston Velle).
Still from L’album merveilleux (1905, Gaston Velle).
Still from Maudite soit la guerre (1914, Alfred Machin).)
Still from Maudite soit la guerre (1914, Alfred Machin).)

The conference is co-organised by Eye, Giovanna Fossati (University of Amsterdam/ASCA), and the Leverhulme Trust research project Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and Its Intermedial Contexts, run by Sarah Street (University of Bristol) and Joshua Yumibe (University of St Andrews / Michigan State University).

In conjunction with the conference, a new book on silent film colour, Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema by Tom Gunning, Giovanna Fossati, Joshua Yumibe and Jonathon Rosen will be published by Amsterdam University Press and presented at Eye.

Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema by Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, Joshua Yumibe, Jonathon Rosen.
Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema by Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, Joshua Yumibe, Jonathon Rosen.

Programme

Programme booklet

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