Brian R Pritchard Motion Picture and Film Archive Consultant












A three colour subtractive reversal print stock. It appeared in 1934 and was the first three layer colour film that could be processed with minor modifications to contemporary laboratory techniques.  It did not  require toning, colour development or use of dyes during processing.  It used pre-dyed emulsions and dye bleaching.

An illustrated description of the way the processed worked is available as a pdf file. GASPARCOLOR.pdf

Bela Gaspar who invented this system had a number of patents to his credit:

GB415040: GB446392: GB480854: GB483366

The film had to be shot as three colour separations.  Here is a test film and a digital reconstruction of three of the frames:


It seems as if sound tracks could be of various colours;  also variable area and variable density, here are some samples:


These are sample frames from a Gasparcolor film..



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