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America in Color:

How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Made

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How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Made

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Composite Films conducted 5,800 hours of research and poured over 27 miles of film to create our series America in Color. Where did they even begin? Their art director fills us in on the maddeningly detailed process.


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From the 1920s through the 1960s, America transformed from a young country on the rise into a global superpower. It's a decisive period in our nation's history that most of us have only witnessed in black and white, until now. Using digital colorization technology, we present these formative decades as few have seen them, revisiting 50 vibrant years of good times and great despair, technological triumphs and natural disasters, and global villains and national heroes.


  • Liev Schreiber <SPAN>Narrator</SPAN>
  • Liev Schreiber <SPAN>Narrator</SPAN> Cedric Buchet

    Liev Schreiber Narrator

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    Heralded as "the finest American theater actor of his generation" by the New York Times, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television.

    Schreiber stars as the title role of "Ray Donovan" in Showtime's critically-acclaimed hit series alongside Jon Voight. This powerful family drama centers on Ray as L.A.'s best professional fixer -- the go-to guy in Hollywood who deftly solves the complicated, controversial and confidential problems of the city's elite. Schreiber's riveting performance as 'Ray' garnered him four Golden Globe Award nominations in the category of 'Best Actor in a Television Series Drama' and three Primetime Emmy nominations in "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series."

    In 2015, Schreiber was seen in "Spotlight," an award-winning film about the true story of when The Boston Globe uncovered the scandal of child molestation within the Catholic Church. The film won several awards including an Oscar for Best Picture, a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Drama, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture. It was also listed on the American Film Institute's Top Ten Films of 2015.

    In 2010, Schreiber received his third Tony® nomination for his role in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" alongside Scarlett Johansson. His performance as Ricky Roma in the 2005 Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," directed by Joe Mantello, earned him his first Tony Award. He was again a Tony nominee for his portrayal of Barry Champlain in the 2007 Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio," directed by Robert Falls. Other stage work includes in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in the lead role opposite Janet McTeer, the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Macbeth," in the lead role opposite Jennifer Ehle, directed by Moises Kaufman; Othello; Hamlet; Henry V; and Cymbeline.

    Schreiber made his feature directorial debut with "Everything is Illuminated" in 2005, which he also adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel of the same name. The film, starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz, was named one of the year's 10 Best by the National Board of Review.

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