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Multicolor is a subtractive natural color process for motion pictures. Multicolor was based on the earlier Prizmacolor process, was the forerunner of Cinecolor, and was introduced to the motion picture industry in 1929. Subtractive color explains the theory of mixing paints, dyes, inks, and natural colorants to create colors which absorb some wavelengths of light and reflect others. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Cinecolor is an early subtractive color-model two color film process, based upon the Multicolor system of the 1920s. ...

 Movie Poster for the second Multicolor feature Tex Takes A Holiday (1932)
Movie Poster for the second Multicolor feature Tex Takes A Holiday (1932)

A scene is shot with a normal camera capable of bipacking film. Two black and white 35mm negatives are threaded bipack in the camera. One records the color red (via a dyed panchromatic film); the other, cyan (orthochromatic). In printing, a double-emulsion 35mm stock is exposed with one record on each side; the cyan record being toned a complimentary red with copper ferrocyanide, and the red being toned cyan with its complimentary ferric ferrocyanide. The effect is a duotone color system, lacking the primary color of green. Panchromatic is a term describing a type of photographic film that is sensitive to all wavelengths of visible light. ... Orthochromatic refers to any spectrum of light that is devoid of red light. ... An example of light amber tinting and blue toning. ...

Multicolor enjoyed brief success in early sound pictures. The following features included sequences in Multicolor: Sunny Side Up (1929), Married In Hollywood (1929), The Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929), The Great Gabbo (1929), Hell's Angels (1930) and Delicious (1931). It was also utilized in several cartoons of the era. There is a 30-second clip in Multicolor of the Marx Brothers filmed on the set of Animal Crackers (1930). The first feature filmed entirely in Multicolor was The Hawk (1931), which was re-released in 1936 as Phantom of Santa Fe. In 1932, the next (and final) all Multicolor feature, Tex Takes A Holiday (1932), was released. The Great Gabbo[1] (1929) is an early musical drama starring Erich von Stroheim and directed by James Cruze, with a story by Ben Hecht. ... Hells Angels Theatrical Release poster Hells Angels was a 1930 film directed by Howard Hughes. ... del. ... The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... Animal Crackers is a 1930 comedy film, and one of the Marx Brothers most beloved and oft-quoted movies. ... Cornelius Connie Hawkins (born July 17, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Hall of Fame National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player and New York City playground legend, born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. ...

The Multicolor plant closed in 1933 and was revived for the Cinecolor process.

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