I agree with Vincent LoBtutto (author of Martin Scorsese: A Biography). After 2 paragraphs about Two-Strip color in The Aviator,
Scroll to page 375
… he summarizes by writing:
The three-strip section works to evoke memories of viewing old, lush, color movies but the two-strip only can truly excite a film historian, buff, or scholar such as Scorsese.
With all the period film footage that is shown in the movie, there was other ways for Mr. Scorsese to show the advancement of color technology in film making. Distorting “our view” into the life of Howard Hughes (and the time period) was un-necessary, and in my opinion, damaging. Three-strip is pushing it. I equate this to his artistic decision of presenting Raging Bull in Black-and-White… its acceptable. But Two-Strip is un-called-for. What’s next … using period aspect ratios, resolution, and mono sound? The Aviator used to be one of my favorite movies, but now … the distracting colors make it much less enjoyable.
Edited by Tesla1856 - 1/29/13 at 2:21pm