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Only the American author James L. Limbacher gave some information on Agfacolor and listed many titles of feature films in his book Four Aspects of the Film New York Actually the history of Agfacolor is fairly unknown in the U. Agfacolor was introduced by the German Agfa company in — now 60 years ago. Before that Agfa had started manufacturing a photographic color reversal film Agfacolor-Neu in November , only three months after the introduction of the first Kodachrome slide film in the U.
During the second world war the Third Reich used the Agfacolor stock for 13 full-length completed color features. Principally Eastman Color is based on the same idea of multilayer color film but uses different color couplers for the dye generation. The article of Gert Koshofer, former employee of Agfa-Gevaert and past Secretary General of the German Photographic Society, covers both the technical and the contemporary history of the German invention Agfacolor.
The motion picture industry used it under the different political conditions of national socialism, East-bound communism in East Germany and West-bound democracy in West Germany. Its first use for a feature film production was for the UFA movie Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten i. After a lot of problems with the new film medium, especially with different color temparatures during the day on location, this film was first shown in Berlin on 31st October It was a big success in the public, but suffered from some deficiencies as critisized by experts.
Before that time there had been no full-length color feature in Germany. As forerunners of Agfacolor served here two-color systems like Ufacolor Agfa Bipack System , the three-color printing process of Gasparcolor and the complicated Agfa Pantachrom system. These color processes were only used for short subjects like documentaries and advertising films — the German producers were too angry to make their color films with such inadequate and awkward systems, which required special equipment like bipack cameras.
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But Agfacolor conquered them all by its relatively simple method using normal movie cameras, a printing process similar to black and white films and common cinema projectors. This was a real sensation compared with Technicolor, which at that time required the special beam-splitter camera and the lavish imbition dye transfer printing process.
The development and introduction of Agfacolor had been driven forward by the German government, especially by the nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels who was very interested that the German film production could soon compete with Hollywood in the field of color cinematography. The Golden City to be made in Agfacolor. In dose cooperation with his director of photography Bruno Mondi Harlan perfected the technique and style of German color movies during war time.
This work culminated in the propaganda feature Kolberg with great historical battle scenes, carried out by , Wehrmacht soldiers and 4, mariners.
But the other Agfacolor features of the Third Reich were harmless dramas and musical entertainment subjects. They gained great box-office success in all neutral, occupied or allied European countries.
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Woman Of My Dreams in Agfacolor also had the purpose to cheer up the public as a political issue. Both these films still today show the charm of early Agfacolor color style, especially in landscapes. Great Freedom No. This film was, for political reasons, forbidden by Goebbels for showings in Germany.
It was first shown in Prague, where towards the end of the war German and Austrian film producers preferred to work in the Czech Barrandov studios, which were safe against bomb raids of the Allied air-forces and were equipped for color processing. Three further feature films have been not been completely finished before the end of the war.
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Besides of the feature films some 50 documentaries had been produced in Agfacolor until the end of the war. By order of Goebbels the Deutsche Wochenschau German Newsreel also shot a lot of scenes in color, especially in the Russian front line. Especially for propaganda purposes in foreign countries an Agfacolor newsreel program entitled Panorama was compiled in Even Adolf Hitler appeared in Agfacolor, mostly in the private narrow-gauge films by his mistress Eva Braun and by his pilot Hans Baur.
The German patents lost their protecting function outside of Germany. In reality an Agfacolor feature has never been produced in England, whereas the first post-war color feature in France was the Agfacolor production Le Mariage de Ramuntcho i.
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But first of all the Soviet Union stood to gain from Agfacolor because the Wolfen film factory was located in their occupation zone of Germany. It continued the manufacturing of Agfacolor films since the autumn of and then became a state-owned company of the Russians until The first full-length Russian Agfacolor feature The Stone Flower , a colorful fairytale, was produced in in the Barrandov studios.
The Agfacolor stock served also the film productions of Czechoslovacia, Hungary and Poland. But most of the Austrian color films until the sixties have been produced in Agfacolor of West German origin. This was the famous place, where the first and most of the great color features during the war time were originated in. In contrast to the DEFA, which has been provided with raw stock by the East German Wolfen factory, the West German motion picture companies since got its material under the same brand from the new established Agfa film factory in the West German Bayer facilities of Leverkusen.
More than Agfacolor feature movies were produced with the Leverkusen materials, including a lot of films in Japan, where the famous director Yasujiro Ozu preferred this color negative film. DEFA produced 45 Agfacolor films, including many fairytales, during the period The new combine decided to discontinue the manufacturing of Agfacolor materials in favour of Gevacolor because of the responsibility of the Belgian part of the group for professional motion picture products , but did not end it before The last negative type CN5 was a relative high speed ASA 80 material with partly doublelayer structure.
The great task of Agfa was to develop a color negative film, which could compete with Kodak Eastman Color being in use in West German film studios and print labs since — initially besides the Agfacolor-derivate Gevacolor. The main problem of Agfacolor and early Gevacolor was that these negatives were not color-masked like Eastman Color and could not being handled by the same process, that means using Kodak chemistry. Another task was to reach the high film speed of the Kodak films. These problems were all solved after , and especially the AGFA XT materials, as they have been called then, had been successfully used for such well known foreign productions like Out of Africa , The Glass Menagerie and Moonstruck.
Is there hope now for a renewed engagement in motion picture film? Before the German reunification in the East German film factory improved its Orwocolor materials in close cooperation with Soviet institutions, but had to be closed in In recent years some old Agfacolor feature films were restored and reprinted including the three-part Austrian production Sissi i.
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Most of them show again the typical color rendering of Agfacolor: more pastel tones with subdued reds, but an astonishing range of colors despite of using non-masked negatives. In: Weltwunder der Kinematographie, vol. Als sich am Am Mai hatte der Chemiker Dr. Wilhelm Schneider in der Agfa Filmfabrik des I. Technicolor ist in Deutschland nie zum Einsatz gekommen. Hans Siegrist zu verwirklichen. Farben Industrie besser als die bisher bekannten sein sollte: Im November griff Dr.
Schneider, wie er in einem Schreiben an seinen obersten Vorgesetzten Dr. Fritz Gajewski vom Schon im September konnten die ersten farbigen Negativ- und Positivschichten versuchsweise fabriziert werden. Rudolf Fischer — ebenfalls einen farbig entwickelten Mehrschichtenfilm, Kodachrome, auf den Markt gebracht.
Vielmehr lagen im Umkehrsystem die schnelleren Erfolgsaussichten, da hierbei die Kopierbarkeit keine ausschlaggebende Rolle spielte. Band, April — Juni , Nr. Meter Ufacolor Kopien. Nach der Vorstellung von Agfacolor in der Pressekonferenz am Nachdem ein Versuchsfilm am Oktober auf der 8. Gustav Wilmanns und Dr. Wilhelm Schneider rivalisierte, ein gewisser Trost. Nachdem Dr. Agfa-Direktor Dr. Mai durch Dr. Januar kam es sogar zu einem Vertragsentwurf, doch dann liefen die Verhandlungen aus, weil Agfa mit den eigenen Arbeiten an Agfacolor gut vorankam.
Walter Hege. Die Agfa stellte unter Leitung von Dr. In einer Aktennotiz vom 5. Im selben Jahr entstand der 1. In einem umfangreichen Schriftverkehr mit der Agfa Schreiben vom Fanck beendete sein Schreiben vom Dabei kommt es auf die Einheitlichkeit der Emulsionen nicht so an, da es sich ja im allgemeinen bei der Herstellung dieser Filme um eine Reihe kleinerer Filmvorhaben handelt.
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Die von dem bekannten Kulturfilmschaffenden Prof. Weitere Kulturfilme in Farbe folgten. Insgesamt wurden bis zum Kriegsende rund 50 Produktionen fertiggestellt. Bei der UFA machten sich Dr. Ulrich K. Schulz, Dr. Trotz des kriegsbedingt eintretenden Mangels an Farbfilmmaterial nahm die Zahl der Kulturfilme in Agfacolor zum Kriegsende hin zu. Mit Schreiben vom Es sah somit aus, als ob auch die am September festgesetzt worden.