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List of B&Ws since Psycho

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Hi.

I'm putting a list together of black and white films worthy of a look since, OK, let's say [i]Psycho[/i], although when I first started making the list I was only thinking since [i]Eraserhead[/i]. Can you think of more than the ones I've listed?

[b]The Ones I Already Connect With[/b]:

[i]Psycho
Closely Watched Trains
Eraserhead
The Elephant Man
Europa[/i] ([i]Zentropa[/i])
[i]Epidemic
Following
Pi
13 Tzameti
Wisconsin Death Trip
Good Night, and Good Luck[/i]


[b]One I Wish I Could Connect With[/b]:

[i]Werckmeister Harmonies[/i]


[b]One I haven't Seen[/b]:

[i]My Winnipeg[/i] Edited by Persona

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[i]The Man Who Wasn't There[/i]
[i]Sin City[/i]
[i]Ed Wood[/i]
[i]Raging Bull[/i] Edited by J.R.

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[b]Manhattan[/b]

[b]Stardust Memories[/b]

[b]In Cold Blood[/b]

[b]Hud[/b]*

[b]Seconds[/b]*

*Both featuring the great cinematography of James Wong Howe.

edit: Do they have to be completely B&W (he asks, eyeing [b]Zentropa[/b])? If not, then check out the documentary [b]Visions of Light[/b], all about cinematographers and their craft. Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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[i]Red Beard[/i]
[i]Zelig[/i]
[i]High and Low[/i]
Bergman's faith trilogy Edited by Andrew

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Great suggestions so far, keep it up! Some of the titles I'll have to look up, as I don't even know what they are -- and that's great!

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[[i]Sin City[/i]
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[quote name='Baal_T'shuvah' date='20 January 2011 - 10:15 PM' timestamp='1295579748' post='240736']Do they have to be completely B&W (he asks, eyeing [b]Zentropa[/b])? If not, then check out the documentary [b]Visions of Light[/b], all about cinematographers and their craft.
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They have to have pizzaz, a snap to them. Like the first five minutes of [i]Antichrist[/i]. That's what I'm looking for. I'd forgotten about the color splashes in Zentropa (it's blood, right?), but now that you mention that, I wonder if [i]The Element of Crime[/i] should qualify, too. It's been years since I've seen it, and I'll admit there's less pizzaz there than in [i]Zentropa[/i]. [i]The Element of Crime[/i] is almost like a wash out. As Prins once noted, a yellow wash out.

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[i]Rumble Fish[/i]
[i]Kafka[/i]
[i]Killer of Sheep[/i] Edited by M. Leary

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Battle of Algiers
Schindler's List

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[i]Down by Law
Stranger Than Paradise
Dead Man
Coffee and Cigarettes
Clerks
The Last Picture Show
Wings of Desire
Night of the Living Dead
Control
The White Ribbon
La Haine
Kes
Dr. Strangelove
The Elephant Man
Saddest Music in the World[/i] Edited by M. Leary

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Vivement dimanche! (Confidentially Yours, 1983)
The Call of Cthulhu (2005, also silent)

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Awesome. Thanks for the input, I will check these out. If you think of more, let me know.

The more I think about it, the B&W films with an itty-bitty splash of color are quite appropriate for this list.

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Oh, well [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_post-1960s_films_in_black-and-white"]this looks like a handy resource[/url]. Quite a list.

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Young Frankenstein (1974)

Ah okay, good find MLeary, I'll stop racking my brains.

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Wow. Wikipedia still fascinates me.

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Yes. It amazes me that someone sat down for hours and made this list. Why? [i]Precisely for this occasion[/i].

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I love wikipedia. A large proportion of my thesis, which I slogged long and hard doing primary research for, is on there. You just got to know what to look for. I swear, soon it will be possible to do a PhD in the University of Wiki.

Not that I tell my undergrad students that...

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[quote name='M. Leary' date='21 January 2011 - 10:38 AM' timestamp='1295620689' post='240806']Yes. It amazes me that someone sat down for hours and made this list. Why? [i]Precisely for this occasion[/i].[/quote]
Not [i]quite[/i]. Stef wanted B&W's since [i]Psycho [/i](1960). The Wiki list comprises films made since the 1960s, i.e., starting in the 1970s. Thus for example the Wiki list does [i]not[/i] include [i]To Kill a Mockingbird[/i] (1962).

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[i]Frankenweenie[/i] (Tim Burton short)

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FWIW I recall reading somewhere that 1960 was the first time that there were more colour films produced in a year than black and whites. I remember it because of Psycho.

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Y'know, sometimes I'll watch contemporary films in black-and-white by turning down the color on my television set. Sometimes the experiment doesn't work; not all films are lit in a way that makes them work in black-and-white. But sometimes, it produces a startlingly different experience. There are a few films filmed in color that I personally feel are much more effective in black and white.

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[quote name='Ryan H.' date='22 January 2011 - 03:29 PM' timestamp='1295738987' post='240940']
...There are a few films filmed in color that I personally feel are much more effective in black and white.
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Such as?

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[quote name='yank_eh' date='29 January 2011 - 04:00 AM' timestamp='1296302419' post='241758']
[quote name='Ryan H.' date='22 January 2011 - 03:29 PM' timestamp='1295738987' post='240940']
...There are a few films filmed in color that I personally feel are much more effective in black and white.
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Such as?
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[b]The Man Who Wasn't There[/b]. I watched a color version of this, broadcast late one night on Starz or Encore. I knew the film had been shot in color, and later processed in black & white, and that DVD's of the color version were available in Japan and some Europian markets. It was an odd viewing, to say the least.

Here's a [url="http://www.youknow-forkids.com/manwhowasnttherecolour.htm"]link[/url] to some shot comparisons of the color version and B&W version.

[img]http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/man%20who/mwwt_color_title-c.jpg[/img]

[img]http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6wp7jv4gA1qzzh6g.jpg[/img] Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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[quote name='yank_eh' date='29 January 2011 - 07:00 AM' timestamp='1296302419' post='241758'][quote name='Ryan H.' date='22 January 2011 - 03:29 PM' timestamp='1295738987' post='240940']...There are a few films filmed in color that I personally feel are much more effective in black and white.[/quote]
Such as?[/quote]
I'm sure nobody likes this film well enough to try it out, but Joel Schumacher's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA gets a heck of a lot better if it's watched in black-and-white.

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[quote name='M. Leary' date='21 January 2011 - 09:01 AM' timestamp='1295618469' post='240795']
[i]Down by Law
Stranger Than Paradise
Dead Man
Coffee and Cigarettes[/i][/quote]
I had no idea these were all Jim Jarmusch films. I've not seen any of them. I think the only two Jarmusch I've seen are [i]Ghost Dog[/i] and [i]Broken Flowers[/i]. Strike that. After looking it up, I've also seen [i]Mystery Train[/i], but I'm certain I saw that twenty years ago.

Anyone have an opinion on these four Jarmusch black and whites? I guess I could go to the Film section and do a search on Jarmusch... I really know nothing about the man. I do remember watching the commentary, or maybe it was a "making of" on the [i]Broken Flowers[/i] disc and thinking that he seemed "cooly" artistic. I think he's got some claim to fame though. I just can't remember what it is. Was he married to someone famous or something?

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[quote name='Persona' date='01 December 2009 - 10:18 PM' timestamp='1259720298' post='209762']My Winnipeg
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Oh, you are going to [i]love[/i] this...
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Does anyone know if this is really in black and white? Or it it sepia toned ala [i]The Element of Crime[/i].

And while I'm here, are any of these films really black and white, or are they all considered monochrome, and black and white is just a general way of saying that? Edited by Persona

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[quote name='Persona' date='31 January 2011 - 10:18 PM' timestamp='1296530316' post='242044']Anyone have an opinion on these four Jarmusch black and whites?[/quote]
I own COFFEE & CIGARETTES. It's interesting. Don't know what else to say about it.

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And why did the Coens shoot [i]The Man Who Wasn't There[/i] in color only to switch it to B&W later? I remember the film -- I need to see it again, I think I'd like it more now -- but I clearly remember it was black and white.

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