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The First Color Movie

Edward Raymond Turner movies

      The National Media Museum in Bradford on 12 September of 2012 ,had found the contends of the first color movie in its archives dating from 1901/02, pre-dating Kinemacolor by eight years.
"We believe this will literally rewrite film history," said the museum's head of collections, Paul Goodman. "I don't think it is an overstatement. These are the world's first colour moving images."
      The discovery is a breakthrough in cinema history.


       In 1899, while working in the London workshop of Frederic Eugene Ives, Edward Raymond Turner and Frederick Marshall Lee received a patent for their additive colour process (Multiple black-and-white images photographed through color filters are projected through similar filters and united on the screen. The component images may either be projected simultaneously or in rapid succession.).

       This process was a precursor of Kinemacolor, the first successful colour film process developed by George Albert Smith.On 9 March 1903 Turner died suddenly of a heart attack.
       The movie includes a goldfish in a bowl, Edward Turner's three young children with sunflowers, Turner's heavily bonneted daughter on a swing, a scarlet macaw, a panning shot of Brighton beach and pier, soldiers marching in Hyde Park and what is thought to be the very first shot, traffic on London's Knightsbridge looking up to Hyde Park Corner. 
While film historians have known about the Lee and Turner colour process but kept theire silecen because they thought it was a noble failure and more of a stepping stone to Kinemacolor in 1909.

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