Chaplin praises “marvelous” color television

Radio Varieties, January 1941 (click to enlarge)

Chaplin may praise color television here but he disagreed with color for motion pictures. He told an interviewer in 1931 that, “for his part, he preferred to do without it”:

He liked to work in black and white and with the simplest studio materials. This was a purely personal point of view. On wider grounds he considered that color tended rather to diminish screen illusion than heighten it. The cinema depended on light and shadow for its effect, not on the resources of the painter. —The Times (London), Feb. 20, 1931

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  1. I smile. Charlie was so often in a milieu where geniuses were at work. They were all part of a special 'club' in his mind.

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