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Why color co-ordination matters
Jules Engel Film-maker
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Women have better color sense than men. Women, yeah, because of the way they buy clothes and buy the kerchief and something to carry things in and a hat, there's a lot of little bits and pieces. And some… you can see that some women will have that color working, you can see, to use maybe three or four colors, whatever shapes, you know, working. And then you see the others, it's so sad, they're just bad, you know? And then they don't have a friend who tell them, 'Hey, that's not good, that color doesn't resemble good', you know? 'Change that color.' But you can learn about color and you can learn about what to put next to one color, to another. But there's some people who never achieve anything because they just don't have that. So they stay with etchings, you know, black and white, stuff like that. And that's how they act. There's not a damn thing you can do about it unless they run with books and keep looking at and keep borrowing. And then you can eventually begin to add up what works and what doesn't work, you know?

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: art, color, shopping, women

Duration: 1 minute, 28 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008