Hérault Trichrome


“The Hérault Trichrome process was demonstrated in Paris on 1 October 1926, with three films made by A. Rodde — a fashion show, a documentary on Brittany and a tableau of the Legend of the King of Ys. Hérault Trichrome was an extension of the Kinemacolor principle to three-colour work, with successively exposed red, green and blue frames. The positive print was stained in these primary colours and projected at 24 frames per second. The colour flickering must have been almost intolerable.”

(Coe, Brian (1981): The History of Movie Photography. Westfield, N. J.: Eastview Editions, p. 123.)

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Original Technical Papers and Primary Sources

Rodde, M., The Hérault Trichome Process. In: Bulletin de la Société française de la Photographie, vol. 15 (Mar., 1928), p. 80. View Quote

Secondary Sources

Coe, Brian (1981): The History of Movie Photography. Westfield, N.J.: Eastview Editions, p. 123. View Quote

Klein, Adrian Bernhard = Cornwell-Clyne (1940): Colour Cinematography. Boston: American Photographic Pub. Co.. 2nd revised edition, pp. 161-162. View Quote

Society of Motion Picture Engineers (1930): Report. Progress in the Motion Picture Industry. In: Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 15, December 1930, pp. 791–793, on pp. 791. View Quote

Contemporary Reception

Anonymous (1928): Der Naturfarbenfilm Hérault. In: Die Kinotechnik, 10,11, Jun., pp. 301–302. (in German) View Quote