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#1 Ryan H

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:12 PM

I was wondering if anyone knew of the film stock used in the film Le Samourai (1967)? The film has washed out colours with a cyan tint, a predominant look of a lot of late 60s and 70s thrillers and cop films. If anyone knows the stock used in this particular film, or any stock that yields a similar look for 16mm, please let me know. Thanks.
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:32 PM

The film has washed out colours with a cyan tint, a predominant look of a lot of late 60s and 70s thrillers and cop films.


Are you sure that you are not just seeing a faded print, Print stock sin that era were not all that stable. Mind you most of them fade to Pink.
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#3 Jonathan Zielske

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:54 AM

Are you sure that you are not just seeing a faded print, Print stock sin that era were not all that stable. Mind you most of them fade to Pink.


it was part of Melville's distinctive visual style. i am uncertain as to how one might recreate that dull, washed-out but still contrasty look without color timing in the processing stage or the telecine stage. i can't imagine that his films weren't graded to look the way that they do.

here is a good representation of the look, as well as a botched transfer by criterion: http://www.dvdbeaver...rclerouge3.html

Edited by Jon Zielske, 15 March 2011 - 12:56 AM.

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