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Colour Consciousness and Design in Blanche Fury as Technicolor Melodrama

Watkins, EI (2010) Colour Consciousness and Design in Blanche Fury as Technicolor Melodrama. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 7. 53 - 68 . ISSN 1743-4521


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This article addresses colour and music as elements associated with the rhetoric and excesses of film melodrama through a case study of Blanche Fury (1947). Music is discussed as an analogy for thinking about colour composition and the moving image through the rhetoric and practices of Technicolor design and a theoretical context contemporary to the film’s making discerned in both production materials and film text. Colour takes on a musical value which serves a diegetic function by both situating characters in relation to the mise-en-scène and operating as a cue to instances of perception attributed specifically to the female protagonist. Drawing on theories of melodrama and colour I will argue that colour and music are integral to and offer material for further explorations of feminine desire and sexual difference as they can be seen to operate in this particular melodrama.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Edinburgh University Press. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 14:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E1743452109001332
Status: Published
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Identification Number: 10.3366/E1743452109001332
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43689

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