Henry Hathaway's 1952 (released 1953) Niagara, was produced during a period of great change in the industry, as three-strip Technicolor was beginning to wind down, and Eastman direct positive was beginning to take over.
Fortunately for modern audiences, Fox's Niagara, which was shot on acetate stock, is a beautiful today as it was sixty years ago. With surviving original elements, Fox's archival team, was able to create digital files that show off the production to its fullest potential. And within that potential, Ms Monroe looks absolutely luminous.
I mentioned in the Shane thread that the two films had been finalized differently, with grain structure in Shane looking fully natural, while certain areas of the frame in Niagara have odd digital characteristics -- none of which are seen from a proper viewing distance. I mention them only to tell the entire story.
The color extracted from the original elements is astoundingly beautiful. Grain structure has a very comfortable, velvety palette to it.
Those seeking a fun-loving and carefree Monroe, may be visiting the wrong locale, for Niagara sets up a dark premise, which turns even darker -- all interesting set against gorgeous Technicolor hues.
A wonderful film, that stands the test of time six decades later.
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