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Published on Mar 21, 2013

The Kodachrome test film was restored by Sabrina Negri, a student at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House.

KODACHROME TWO-COLOR TEST SHOTS NO. III (John G. Capstaff, US 1922, 35mm, 462 ft., 6 min. at 20 fps).

This video was transferred from the 35mm preservation undertaken by George Eastman House. Special thanks to our colleagues at the Haghefilm Foundation who supported the preservation of this film by Sabrina Negri in 2009, completing her fellowship with Haghefilm after graduating from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. More about the program: http://selznickschool.eastmanhouse.org.

To celebrate the grand opening of Rochester's $3 million Eastman Theatre, George Eastman commissioned a series of short films to showcase the Eastman Kodak Company's new Two-Color Kodachrome process. The process, which had been in development for over 8 years, was used to shoot a selection of stage and screen stars in Hollywood and New York. The contents of this reel, which appears to consist largely of outtakes, was filmed at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, NJ in the summer of 1922, by the inventor of the process John G. Capstaff. The models include actress Hope Hampton (appearing in costume from The Light in the Dark, 1922), who was married to Jules Brulatour, her manager and the exclusive distributor for Kodak film; Mary Eaton (famed star of the Ziegfeld Follies) and the inimitable Mae Murray (The Merry Widow, 1925). It's possible - but not confirmed - that director Clarence Brown assisted in the filming of these shots, as he was concurrently directing Hampton in The Light in the Dark at the same studio. The film concludes with a great look at some very upscale 1920s Hollywood neighborhoods. -- Caroline Yeager, James Layton, Jared Case

This film was selected to the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012.


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