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Director John Frankenheimer: Color Film Only Good for Musicals and Travelogues

Oct. 6, 1961 - John Frankenheimer (pictured right with Burt Lancaster), the director, thinks color film should be confined, almost entirely, to musicals and travelogues. Mr. Frankenheimer completed "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "All Fall Down" this year. His next project will be to direct "The Manchurian Candidate," starring Frank Sinatra. All three pictures are in black and white. "Color," says Mr. Frankenheimer, "generally ruins good drama. There are exceptions, of course. There is no doubt that color will help a fine Western like 'Shane.' It also improves a few spectaculars such as 'Ben-Hur.' But as a rule, the director, given color, is tempted to start shooting scenery rather than scenes."


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