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The Use of Color in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

You know what’s a fantastic movie?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
 Not just because it’s a ridiculously awesome musical, but because of the COLORS.

Near the middle of the movie the seven brothers (well, the six that aren’t married yet), now tamed by Millie, go to a barn raisin’ in town. Ladies and gentlemen, Team Rainbow:
 

 

I think I first saw this movie when I was eight or something, and I always remembered the barn raisin’ and the dancin’ that happened before it. I remembered it because of the colors.

If six backwoodsmen dressed as the visible spectrum wasn’t enough, you’ve got the ladies as well, seen here dancing with their boring monochromatic boyfriends.

 

By the way, pardon my crappy screencaps; the easiest way I could get these pics was by renting the movie on iTunes and using ScreenHunter to somewhat haphazardly get these shots.
Anyway.
The dancing sequence (perhaps one of the coolest of all time) has some pretty hot color-on-color action.

Three primaries with two primaries and a secondary.


Primary, secondary, and pink with two primaries and a secondary.


And again, but with a different male primary.


The Roy G. Biv brothers battle for the women!

 

I love this ending shot. None of the color pairs match. The next time you’ll see them all this happy is months after they’ve kidnapped all the women and have forced an avalanche between the lady-folk and themselves and the rest of the town.

 

Go watch this movie, seriously. It rocks.