There is something magical about colour film shot in an age ruled by black and white photography. Here is a 1922 film from the Kodak archives, a test of the pioneering Two-Color Kodachrome Process. The short demonstration’s pallette is unrealistic but vibrant, ethereal and romantic – watching it is like walking into the past.

“In these newly preserved tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, actress Mae Murray appears almost translucent, her flesh a pale white that is reminiscent of perfectly sculpted marble, enhanced with touches of color to her lips, eyes, and hair. She is joined by actress Hope Hampton modeling costumes from The Light in the Dark (1922), which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton and an unidentified woman and child also appear.”

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