Classic pan-and-scan FAIL
From TAMANGO, a rather interesting piece by John Berry, the subject of this week’s Forgotten column over at the Auteurs’ Notebook. Was only able to see this in a cropped off-air VHS with wildly fluctuating colours that caused Curt Jurgens to fade from bilious green to deepest carnelian. Being the kind of actor he is, and the kind of part he’s playing, I wouldn’t put either one past him, but both seem a little much. Plus the slaves in the film are frequently a shade of maroon. I knew we enslaved the blacks, I didn’t know we did it to the maroons.
So it’s saying something that the film survives these dismal viewing conditions and comes over, as I’ll argue, with quite a bit of its power intact.