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TOLL OF THE SEA

USA, 1922 (MIFF 1986, Retrospectives)

Director: Chester M. Franklin

TOLL OF THE SEA complements the screening at this year's festival of BECKY SHARP, the cinema's first three-colour::.;..: Technicolor feature. TOLL OF THE SEA is the first two-colour Technicolor feature, and the latest restoration success from the Film Archives at the University of Southern California. The film has been rejuvenated from new masters struck from the. >-.r original nitrate camera negative, which has survived almost intact in Technicolor's Hollywood vaults. This genuine rarity is a poignant variation on MADAME BUTTERFLY, and made Anna . May Wong a major Hollywood star. The director, Chester M, Franklin, began his film career co-directing a series of children s films for D.W. Griffith. He directed a number of feature films.in,; both the silent and sound eras, and died in 1949.

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