The William Wyler-Bette Davis Warner Bros. classic "The Letter" (Sept. 1, Channel 5) is an excellent example of how colorization destroys a black-and-white film.
The Tony Gaudio photography, which is superb, especially in that opening murder sequence, expresses in black and white the menace and mystery. It is destroyed totally in the color process. "The Letter" is noteworthy for its brilliant black-and-white cinematography. What a waste and prostitution of motion picture art! Colorization absolutely destroys; it doesn't enhance any movie.
William E. Adams, Venice