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#1 Persona

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:39 PM

Hi.

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

The Ones I Already Connect With:

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



One I Wish I Could Connect With:

Werckmeister Harmonies


One I haven't Seen:

My Winnipeg

Edited by Persona, 20 January 2011 - 09:40 PM.


#2 J.R.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:12 PM

The Man Who Wasn't There
Sin City
Ed Wood
Raging Bull

Edited by J.R., 20 January 2011 - 10:15 PM.


#3 John Drew

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:15 PM

Manhattan

Stardust Memories

In Cold Blood

Hud*

Seconds*

*Both featuring the great cinematography of James Wong Howe.

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

Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 20 January 2011 - 10:27 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:19 PM

Red Beard
Zelig
High and Low
Bergman's faith trilogy

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#5 Persona

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:24 AM

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!

[Sin City


Do they have to be completely B&W (he asks, eyeing Zentropa)? If not, then check out the documentary Visions of Light, all about cinematographers and their craft.

They have to have pizzaz, a snap to them. Like the first five minutes of Antichrist. 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 The Element of Crime should qualify, too. It's been years since I've seen it, and I'll admit there's less pizzaz there than in Zentropa. The Element of Crime is almost like a wash out. As Prins once noted, a yellow wash out.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:41 AM

Rumble Fish
Kafka
Killer of Sheep

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:50 AM

Battle of Algiers
Schindler's List

#8 M. Leary

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:01 AM

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

Edited by M. Leary, 21 January 2011 - 09:03 AM.


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:12 AM

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

#10 Persona

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:13 AM

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.

#11 M. Leary

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:17 AM

Oh, well this looks like a handy resource. Quite a list.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:19 AM

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

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

#13 Persona

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:25 AM

Wow. Wikipedia still fascinates me.

#14 M. Leary

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:38 AM

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

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:04 AM

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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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:15 AM

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

Not quite. Stef wanted B&W's since Psycho (1960). The Wiki list comprises films made since the 1960s, i.e., starting in the 1970s. Thus for example the Wiki list does not include To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

#17 J.R.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:39 AM

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton short)

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:12 PM

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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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:29 PM

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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Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:00 AM

...There are a few films filmed in color that I personally feel are much more effective in black and white.

Such as?