Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar (ratheesh) wrote,
Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar
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Apu Trilogy in Color

I happened to view some Youtube videos where people have used image processing algorithms to colorize Pather Panchali and Apur Sansar. It was interesting to see how the great films would look like in color. The algorithms seem to have done a decent job most of the time, except for some color fluctuations that are continuously seen in objects - especially on dress people wear, whenever they move even slightly. It appeared like the variations in gray tones in the images got incorrectly translated to different color values, which may need more fine tuning. Occasionally some glows are seen in the edges between different colored objects, which was distracting. Still it was amusing to see what Technology can achieve.

We are used to watching the Apu Trilogy in Black and White, and they look amazing as they are. Would Satyajit Ray have used color film if he could afford to do that while making the films in 1950s? Would colors appear as distractions in the narrative, or would they add another dimension to it and the viewer just has to figure it out himself? Apart from the technology aspects and the curiosity associated with that, Is it really a good idea to make colored versions of such all time classics? I think that's a different discussion altogether.
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