Researchers at England’s National Media Museum have discovered and restored the world’s oldest color film. Developed in 1902, the footage is the work of Edward Raymond Turner, a filmmaker who patented a three-color process in 1898, but died of a heart attack just five years later, at the age of 29. Turner’s films had been lying dormant in a metal tin box before the National Media Museum’s Michael Harvey discovered them, and embarked upon restoring them to glory.
In an interview with the BBC, Bryony Dixon, a curator at the British Film Institute National Archives, said the discovery marks a watershed moment in cinema history:
“This is the earliest natural colour film in the world, not just the UK.
“There were colour films but they are not what we call ‘natural colour’ – producers were painting on the surface of the film from a very early time.
“This is definitely the first example of trying to get colour photographically or naturally, so it’s very significant.”
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