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The UK has 7,000 households that shun colour television. They may be on to somethingWhen Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson released the first world war documentary They Shall Not Grow Old last month, viewers were entranced by the newly colourised 100-year-old black and white images of old soldiers. Jackson, ever since his 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, when he made clay models seem to walk and talk, has revelled in the Pygmalion effect – making the inert touchingly human. With They Shall Not Grow Old he breathed life into the Imperial War Museum’s images, making the troops seem like us rather than distant figures from a scarcely remembered conflict. “They suddenly become real human beings, they’re not Charlie Chaplin,” said Jackson. “They’re real people with all the nuances and subtleties of human beings.” Continue reading...