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Producers: Charles Urban, Luca Comerio.

‘Kinemacolor’, invented in 1906 by G. A. Smith of Brighton, was the cinema’s first successful colour system, flourishing commercially until 1917. Until recently, examples of the process were considered all but lost. But earlier this year  – thanks to some exciting finds – a remarkable selection of newly  restored shorts was unveiled at Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna’s renowned festival of archive film. This programme affords haunting glimpses of the past in exquisite, muted colour, including ravishing views of Lake Garda, children performing a drill at a Surrey Orphanage, and a spectacular parade of elephants from the Delhi Durbar of 1911.

With live accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

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