Full Color Berlin Looked Great In 1936—Except for the Bloody Red Flags

By Jesus Diaz on at

Perhaps it is because I'm used to see it in black and white, but it's fascinating to see how incredibly modern Berlin looks in this color film from 1936. It was a beautiful city. Except for the bloody Nazis, of course.

I had to turn off the music, though, as it made me want to invade Poland.

The crisp quality and natural look of the picture is impressive, considering that color films were cumbersome and offered quite imperfect results at the time. Consider that, by 1947, only 12 percent of American films were color. And it wasn't until the 50s, with the advent of television that color had a major push in film. By the middle of the decade, 50 percent of Hollywood films were in color.

Modern color didn't come to life until 1952, when Kodak introduced an advanced version of their 35mm Eastmancolor film. This was the first economical color system that used a single strip of film instead of the multiple-strip methods available at the time. It replaced the three-strip Technicolor system that was the most popular at the time but costed three times as much money as black-and-white films. [Thanks Karl!]