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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Great B&W Movies

Anybody have a favorite black-and-white movie? Some of mine are very different films: Kurosawa's fabulous Seven Samurai, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart, Young Frankenstein, Woody Allen's Manhattan, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Jean Cocteau's strange La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) from 1946. Seems to me I'm forgetting some horror classics, westerns, and a lot of great film noire....


Anybody got any nominations?

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

UPDATE: People sure did have nominations! (Note the number of comments.) See the list of all the films mentioned in the comments here (and there are a few more mentioned in the comments to that post).

91 Comments:

Blogger sircarl said...

The Third Man. Superb film noir photography!

1:05 AM  
Blogger smeier_ch said...

Sin City, not entirely black and white, but very strong images and liik.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Dr. Strangelove has always been a personal favorite.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Mick Ryan said...

You can't leave out Angels With Dirty Faces! Possibly my all time favroite.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon is nowhere near as silly as the title suggests and features some beautiful underwater photography. It was originally in 3D but I've only ever seen the 2D version.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Juan Buhler said...

Uh, most any classic film noir, I would say.

Double Indemnity.

The Maltese Falcon.

Touch of Evil.

And of course, Casablanca.

2:35 AM  
Blogger Mads said...

Metropolis (1927)
Breathless (1960)
Nosferatu (1922)
The cabinet of doctor Caligari (1920)
8 1/2 (1963)
Persona (1966)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Wages of fear (1953)
... and Chaplin's movies.

3:17 AM  
Blogger Player said...

"Raging Bull"!

A brutal, unrelenting film, but DeNiro's dedication to his craft, and the genius of Martin Scorsese, makes this film a winner.

"I laughed, I cried, . . . ." :-)

Also, the original "Frankenstein."

3:21 AM  
Blogger Dierk Haasis said...

Stagecoach
Long Voyage Home
King Kong
Fort Apache
Sunset Boulevard
Double Indemnity
The Maltese Falcon
One, Two, Three

Admittedly the last one not necessarily for its photography - and the other not necessarily only for their photography.

Look for the innovative and subtle use of IR-photography in Fort Apache!

3:27 AM  
Blogger James Wrightson said...

Stranger than Paradise
Dead Man
Yojimbo
Jules et Jim
Happy Together (half black-and-white)
Les Quatre cents coups (The Four Hundred Blows)
Pi

4:21 AM  
Blogger James Wrightson said...

Oh, and I forgot: Ed Wood

4:23 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Gee......what was that obscure, almost forgotten one called.......ummmm....OH YEAH! "Citizen Kane"!

Another Wells connection is "The Third Man".

Maya Deren, "Meshes in the Afternoon", Sergei Eisenstein "Battleship Potemkin", John Grierson/GPO Film Unit "Night Mail".

4:37 AM  
Blogger Romeo Alpha Sierra said...

Oh yes, there are many very good b/w movies around.

How about "Le Samourai" (Alain Delon) ? This is one
of my favourite, then "The Third Man" (am not
sure about the translation, but its the movie with
Orson Welles in Vienna and the giant wheel.

best,

Andreas.

4:47 AM  
Blogger juze said...

The Man Who Wasn't There springs to mind immediately, very much a new film, but shot in (or postprocessed into, I really couldn't care less) gorgeous b&w.
And a great movie, as well.

4:54 AM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

"Rear Window", the original version with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Great story, suspenseful, AND one of the main characters is a photographer.

5:05 AM  
Blogger scotth said...

I don't know if it classifies as black and white or not, but Sin City comes to mind. It is mostly black and white.

5:46 AM  
Blogger beezerboy said...

"The Scarlet Empress" with Marlene Dietrich and Sam Jaffe. Costume drama from the 1934. It has bizarre and wonderful sets with lots of racy dialog. It was directed by Erich Von Sternberg. It is an obsure treat.

6:05 AM  
Blogger J DM said...

geez, i hate to take the obvious ones, but Casablanca... There's one that surprised even its makers. The early Hitchcock films, and I'll take Laura if only because of the music and Gene Tierney

6:45 AM  
Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I'm a big fan of Key Largo .. John Huston and whoever did the cinematography made great use of light and shadow to heighten the tension

6:52 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

The Last Picture Show
Schindler's List

7:08 AM  
Blogger Jack Ray said...

The Third Man. The rainy streets of postwar Vienna at night. Wonderful shadows!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Mr. Hill said...

Three of mine are Dr. Strangelove, Breathless, and Touch of Evil.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Bruce McL said...

Bridge on the River Kwai. Dr. Strangelove. Recently, "Good Night, and Good Luck," was very good, with spectacular photography.

7:33 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

From my childhood I remember my first scary movie, "Them", in about 1953 - giant killer ants, mutated because of atomic bomb tests. A few years later was the classic "Creature From The Black Lagoon". Great stuff. Then of course there's "Casablanca".

Regards,
Clayton


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7:34 AM  
Blogger Mr. Hill said...

Oh, I forgot Through a Glass Darkly and Cocteau's Orpheus

8:05 AM  
Blogger Hank said...

Bob le flambeur

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Though it's a very weird movie, David Lynch's Eraserhead is absolutely gorgeous in the way it uses black and white. Lynch is especially good at using very dark values with subtle midtones creeping out and very little high value information in the frame.

Lynch's Elephant Man is also a very good B&W movie. The guy "gets it" in terms of how to arrange values to set a mood and tell a story.

-Jeff Curto

8:32 AM  
Blogger Joe Holmes said...

After the films you already listed, my favorite b&w is probably Kurosawa's Sanjuro...

8:32 AM  
Blogger Bahi said...

I have a soft spot for La Dolce Vita, by Fellini. The cinematography might not be the greatest but it's a thing of beauty, no question, and the Fellini's position on Italy's culture is ambiguous enough to allow the viewer to be seduced by the sumptuous style without feeling too guilty. It's not a lecture, thank goodness.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Charlie Didrickson said...

Knife In The Water - Roman Polanski (1962)

Stranger Than Paradise - Jim Jarmusch (1984)

Good Night And Good Luck - George Clooney (1995)

8:59 AM  
Blogger dingbat said...

So many to choose from ... Citizen Kane, which I think inspired Bill Brandt for a lot of his later work. The BW Japanese movies of Yasujiro Ozu - seems every frame could make a great still shot. Just saw Kubrick's 'The Killing', which was also good. Lynch's Elephant Man.

9:00 AM  
Blogger David Clingingsmith said...

In my opinion Satyajit Ray made some of the finest B&W films ever. I would say "Charulata" and "Jhalsaghar" (the latter also know as "The Music Room") are my favorites, though "Pather Panchali," the first film of the Apu Trilogy is also especially beautifully photographed.

9:19 AM  
Blogger David Saxe said...

How about "Night of the Hunter" with Robert Mitchum. It was directed by Charles Laughton and the cinematography is stunning.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Ted Kostek said...

The Third Man should be on the list, especially for a photographer. Citizen Kane. Raging Bull.

Anyone have a favorite book printed on paper?

9:38 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

Paths of Glory

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050825/

9:46 AM  
Blogger plabby said...

Roman Polanski's "Knife in the Water" is a great one, but I could happily include almost all of Kurosawa's work that included Toshiro Mifune, especially the one you have mentioned already.

It would also be amiss to discount some of the newer "hand-tinted" B&W's that have tiny splashes of color, but are predominantly BW, specifically Schindlers List and Sin City.

9:53 AM  
Blogger William said...

Citzen Kane. IMO, nothing comes close, both in story and film technique. Required viewing for any still photographer working in B&W.

10:04 AM  
Blogger WR said...

The Third Man (1949) with Orson Welles. Amazing cinematography. B&W used to its fullest extent. (The first few scenes of the new 'Casino Royale' ain't bad either. Beautiful.)

10:19 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

"High Noon," "Double Indemnity," "Citizen Kane," "Dr. Strangelove."
There are many more of course, but these are all excellent titles.

10:19 AM  
Blogger FJOHN said...

You've hit a nerve here. I consider the Turner Classic Movies channel to be a gift from (insert your deity preference here). The thought of spending a rainy Sunday watching 50's Sci-Fi "B" movies or film noire gems gives me a shiver of giddiness. Just a few of my favorites are: Touch of Evil, The Big Sleep, Them, The Lady from Shanghais, The Third Man, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Casablanca (of course), and the obligatory, Citizen Kane. Oh, how about a western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

(For a complete departure from the everyday, Eraserhead is always bizarre and beautiful experience.)

I have a copy of The Stranger here somewhere. I think I'll dig it out and watch it right now.

10:43 AM  
Blogger stanco said...

Three come immediately to mind... M by Fritz Lang, an incredible visual, and silent if memory serves ('31), noire about a child murderer; the incomparable Eraserhead by David Lynch; and the one and only Raging Bull by Scorsese.
Then there was that movie by that young upstart, Orson Welles...

10:45 AM  
Blogger Mazzageo said...

You've picked one of my favourites with Seven Samurai. I'd add Fritz Langs "M" and "Metropolis" to the mix.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Moss said...

"Citizen Kane", "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Yoram Nevo said...

One, Two, Three (1961) -
Director: Billy Wilder's
with James Cagney.
One of the grates comedies of all times IMHO.
The pace of this movie is incredible, you don't have time to breathe between the jokes.

10:56 AM  
Blogger to-mas.net said...

My tips>

My favorite Kubrics movie DR Strangelove http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/ and La Haine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113247/ .

10:58 AM  
Blogger Ger Lawlor said...

I don't know why, but when I read the title 'Beauty and the Beast" my personal and my main work camera seemed to smile at me for a moment:

The Leica M6 and the 1Ds mkII.....

Regards to all.

11:02 AM  
Blogger fizzy said...

Scorsese's Raging Bull has some beautiful contrasty B/W tones, like the whole thing is one of the newsreels that are inserted throughout the movie. You can freeze-frame and find some of the most perfect compositions I've ever seen on screen. Surprisingly the cinematographer was Michael Chapman, not known for B/W or serious drama, most of his movies are comedy or action, although he also did Taxi Driver with Scorsese.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Bill Stormont said...

Mike, I'm picturing a young, lean Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine, and also The Grapes of Wrath. The list could go on...John Ford epics in the Southwest, et cetera.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

santiago schaerer left this comment:

Angel-A (Besson, 2005) with D Debbouze and R Rasmussen

Le Salaire de la Peur (Clouzot, 1953), with Y Montand, C Vanel

Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959), with M Monroe, T Curtis, J Lemmon

11:24 AM  
Blogger denise said...

"Down by Law" 1986 Jim Jarmusch
with Tom Waits and Ellen Barkin, Alberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi (long before America discovered them in "Life is Beautiful")

11:26 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Shindler's List and 12 Angry Men.

Also, anything with the Three Stooges (pre-Curly Joe) but not nesisarily for the B&W work.. :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Ernest Theisen said...

The Hustler, Paul Neuman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott. It was nominated for AA but got beat out by West Side Story

11:57 AM  
Blogger Glenn Twiggs said...

I have been reminded of so many great films by these comments, I must add more! How about an import and a domestic from Italy...

La Dolce Vita
Roman Holiday

I would hazard a guess that if you left these comments open long enough, *every* b&w film would be listed :-)

12:11 PM  
Blogger robert e said...

The Battle of Algiers -- the early Magnum PJ style come to life. The stunning visuals are overshadowed these days by its historic and political significance, but are worthy of appreciation by themselves.

Godard's Breathless and Truffaut's Jules and Jim (both shot by Raoul Coutard)

A Hard Day's Night (Gil Taylor also shot Dr. Strangelove and Repulsion)

hm... it looks like I have a "thing" for the documentary style, but I'm just trying to fill in the gaps on this list, most of which I agree with wholeheartedly. But I can't tout Battle of Algiers enough, especially for fans of 50's and 60's B&W photojournalism.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Mike,

Seven Sumarai ranks on my list as the greatest film ever made. Other great Black and White films for me are:

Rashomon
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa's telling of Macbeth)
Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich)
Wages of Fear
M
Metropolis
The Third Man
Dr. Strangelove
Manhattan (stunning photography by Gordon Willis)

12:30 PM  
Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

I tried to leave this earlier, but any of Kurosawa's black and white films qualify, in particular Rashomon, Hidden Fortress and Throne of Blood from the samurai pictures, and Stray Dog, High and Low, and Ikiru from his city movies I can see time and again, along with, of course, Seven Samurai.

I see that the Third Man is the clear winner among film noir.

scott

12:31 PM  
Blogger robert e said...

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12:40 PM  
Blogger Dave Sailer said...

Reserve a second vote for Nosferatu from me. The later update by Werner Herzog is also great, though in color (but it has the same feel).

12:44 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Seven Sumarai ranks on my list as the greatest film ever made."

Stephen,
It's at the top of my list, too.

--Mike

1:02 PM  
Blogger Joe Reifer said...

Definitely Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 masterpiece, "Le Samouraï."

1:35 PM  
Blogger Jason Greenberg Motamedi said...

Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story)"
Satyajit Ray's "Aparajito"
Luchino Visconti's "Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers)"

1:53 PM  
Blogger Monza76 said...

I apologise if this is a second post but here is my list:

Casablanca
Citizen Kane
Schlinder's List
La Belle et la bête (saw it in university, beautiful film making)
and Scrooge (1951) (AKA A Christmas Carol) Alistair Sim creates one of the greatest performances on film in his touching portrayal of Scrooge, the rest of the film isn't bad either.

I am a poor unfortunate who has not yet seen The Seven Samurai but I hope to remedy that soon.

Ira

1:56 PM  
Blogger wpjphoto said...

Hud

Hud


Hud

Every scene expertly crafted.

2:07 PM  
Blogger David MacFarlane said...

The nominees are...
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
The third Man
On the Waterfront

and the oscar goes to...

The third Man

2:08 PM  
Blogger Svein-Frode said...

I have never understood what's to like about Seven Samurai...? Too bad there isn't made many moore B&W movies these days. Many of the old "classics" suffer from poor acting and obvious studio backdrops, but hey, that's just my opinion... If I were too see any B&W films again I would probably choose from the following:

Stagecoach
Psycho
North by Northwest
Citizen Kane
Schindler's List
Ed Wood
Modern Times
The Great Dictator
Lord of the Flies
Dr. Strangelove
Lolita
Metropolis
Raging Bull
Manhattan
Good Night and Good Luck
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Streetcar named Desire
Casablanca
À bout de souffle (Breathless)
8 1/2

3:30 PM  
Blogger aizan said...

the battle of algiers, again.

hiroshima mon amour
wings of desire
pi
high and low
crazed fruit

3:33 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"I have never understood what's to like about Seven Samurai...?"

I almost rejected this comment...on grounds of blasphemy...(s)

--Mike

3:42 PM  
Blogger robert e said...

Wings of Desire -- yes! A beautiful movie on several levels. Thanks for the reminder, aizan.

Which inexplicably reminds me of Chris Marker's short, "La Jetee", which is essentially a montage of still photographs, with narration. But it is moody and poetic and haunting. It inspired Twelve Monkeys, which is a completely different experience.

And I forgot about The Bicycle Thief, too.


"I have never understood what's to like about Seven Samurai...?"

The good news is, I'm now stunned speechless.

3:58 PM  
Blogger jon said...

Pretty sure it's been said already but my top 3(in no order) are:

-7 Samurai (epic)

-Citizen Kane (amazing cinematography, over-rated film)

-The Third Man (awesome in all respects and why i wanted to go to Prague)

4:47 PM  
Blogger chas3stix said...

Of Mice and Men,Lost Horizon,Citizen Kane.

5:16 PM  
Blogger expiring_frog said...

De Sica's "Ladri di Biciclette" (The Bicycle Thieves)
Fellini's "La Strada"
Ray's "Pather Panchali"
Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" and "Rashomon"

And yes, all of Chaplin :P

6:00 PM  
Blogger Jose Guilis said...

I am surprised to read Le Samourai and The rear window listed as b&w films. Both are among my favourites (The rear window is my favourite Hitchcock film) and both were shot in colour.

I am not surprised nobody mentions F.W. Murnau's Sunrise, as silent films has all but dissapeared from public eye, but I think it's got probably the best b&w cinematography ever.

Touch of evil is also stunning, as Night of the hunter, both already mentioned. And I will never forget the desolate images of In Cold Blood, shot in b&w in cinemascope, a rare combination.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Bryce said...

Anything from Ealing Studios in the UK
Anything with early Peter Sellers

My own favourite: Titfield Thunderbolt

9:09 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Ohmigod, two I forgot about "Wings of Desire", of course!

And also, Frankenheimer's brilliant "The Manchurian Candidate".

10:15 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

People, follow the thread here...'The Titfield Thunderbolt' was filmed in Technicolor. We're talking about BLACK AND WHITE movies, not just movies you like or old movies you happened to see on a black-and-white TV set....

--Mike

10:29 PM  
Blogger aizan said...

how could i forget all of those ingmar bergman & sven nykvist films???

does 'solyaris' count?

10:58 PM  
Blogger ken straiton said...

It seems strange to me to think of b&w movies as a subsection of cinema, rather than simply, up to a point in time, the only option availble. Is the point simply good movies that happen to be b&w, or great visual creations that have used the b&w medium so effectively?

I am glad to see The Third Man, a film I have a particular soft spot for, come up repeatedly, and that La Dolce Vita has been mentioned - a collection of stunning images, as well as a great film. In the same vein the 1962 Japanese film Seppuku must be mentioned. A stark visual tour de force.

Thank-you also for Hud and many others, but I must point out to the nominator of Rear Window that it was shot in glorious Technicolor.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Is the point simply good movies that happen to be b&w, or great visual creations that have used the b&w medium so effectively?"

That's really a deeper question than it appears at first blush, isn't it? It's not really possible to separate the cinematography in the "deep" sense (i.e., how effective and expressive and emotive and appropriate it is, as opposed to just how "good") with the success of the whole film as a work of art. I find it curious that several people have nominated color films, and I wonder what the cause of that is...I wonder if there are certain color films that just "seem" like black and white? I know that when I was six I believed I had a sense of what colors things were on our black and white TV set. Of course, it may be a lot simpler than that, just vagaries of memory.

--Mike

11:48 PM  
Blogger Paul Leidl said...

"the world is a wilderness and even God is lonely in it"-old Chassidic saying.

That from the intro from Herman Weinberg's book of still photographs on the making of "Greed"

So in the spirit of the season...I would recommend what is left of Erich von Stroheim's remarkable film "Greed" based on Frank Norris' novel "McTeague".

The picture was shot in 1923 by William H. Daniels,Ben F. Reynolds and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Drime said...

Les Enfants du Paradis. Marcel Carné 1945

12:49 AM  
Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

J.-P. Melville's "The Samurai" (which just resurfaced in a Criterion DVD last year after a long hibernation) is a color film with such reduced and controlled tonalities that it ceertainly leaves you feeling noir, hence several nominations.

Rear Window ceertainly didn't hide its color, so I guess that is an association with the period in which it was made.

No one has mentioned "Ascenseur a l'Echaffaud" or "Elevator to the Gallows," Louis Malle's first full length film, which established Jeanne Moreau and has lots of fantastic night shots by store and streetlight as she walks the streets of Paris, all by Raul Coutard.

scott

3:58 AM  
Blogger bjorke said...

I assume you mean favorite FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY?

How about
"My Twentieth Century"
"Misummer Night's Dream" of the 40's
"Closely Watched Trains"
"Sweet Smell of Success" (Jimmy Howe!)
"The Magnificant Ambersons"
"Stagecoach" (both Toland)
"Paths of Glory" (terrific staging)
"THX-1138" (okay, shot in color BUT in B&W it's nearly identical!)
"Sunrise" (1927, silent)
"Ikiru" (amazing nightclub scenes)
"Alphaville" (Ilford's headline, heh)
"Rebecca" (watch the subtle shadow work, how the characters mental state is refelcted in the hardness of the light - brilliant)
"D.O.A." (the original, not the 1980's aberration)
"Samurai Spy"

4:18 AM  
Blogger Vladimer Nachkebia said...

Soy cuba - Michael Kalatozishvili

8:16 AM  
Blogger JS said...

Alfred Hitchcock's return to B&W for The Wrong Man in 1956 certainly helped to evoke a mood that color could not have captured.

Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Psycho. The list seems nearly endless. But one that has always stuck with me was one of the first B&W's that I viewed on the big screen (in 1974, and again on re-release in 1999). Thank you Mel Brooks, your movie is a gem! Great technique and constant laughs.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Jose Guilis said...

On the colour-b&w mistake, nothing new: Some of the journalists that wrote about the first cinema projection by the Lumiere brothers mentioned their fab colour...
I rmemeber also seeing colour images on the neighbour's b&w tv set as a Kid.

11:02 AM  
Blogger robert e said...

As for horror classics, I deleted my earlier comment re Psycho, and there is also Night of the Living Dead. Of course Nosferatu is an essential delight. For drive-in camp, you can't beat The Blob.

Some may consider the excellent Rebecca a horror flick. And as long as I'm on Hitchcock, let me also undelete my recommendation for Notorious.

It does not surprise me that Rear Window is remembered as B&W. Grace Kelly's full-spectrum radiance notwithstanding, that film, like some other Hitchcock technicolors, is above all film noir, preoccupied with shadows and frames and obfuscations. I believe color was nonessential to its effectiveness, and not necessary to its remembrance.

12:43 PM  
Blogger vatovaquero said...

"Raging Bull".

-Ellis Vener

1:56 PM  
Blogger Whodat said...

12 Angry Men

8:24 PM  
Blogger David C. Fox said...

nothing new from me but at post 87 or so that's forgivable.
i remember watching 3rd Man w/ my father in the early 60's. probably aged me 6 months or so.
i think only one person mentioned Alphaville. I saw it again recently and wished i hadn't waited so long--it's noir, its scifi-- its two,two, two movies in one. funny too.
Wings of Desire? well if you held gun to my head and made me name one favorite film that would be it.
Mike are you going to tabulate the results? go ahead and slip in an extra vote for Alphaville. Do it for the Gipper ;)

9:30 PM  
Blogger robert said...

"L'Ascensuer Pour L'Echafaud" I will second as an all time great. (Probably known in English as "Lift to the Scaffold" I think) Not only a great BW film, but also a stunning Miles Davis soundtrack and the plot hinges on black and whte photographs and it even has a scene in a darkroom !

I cast more seconding votes for Down By Law, Stranger Than Paradise and many, many of the others already mentioned.

"Man Bites Dog" is also a great one.

hmm....what else can I think of....

How about "Some Like it Hot" - did that get checked already ? I read that the reason that was shot in black and white was that they tried it on colour film, but Jack Lemmon's and Tony Curtis' beards showed up as too blue underneath the make-up, so it was switched.

There is also a truly great David Niven film, from 1946, that deserves a footnote - "A Matter of Life and Death". It is shot mainly in Technicolor, but switches to B/W for the scenes shot in heaven. A wonderful movie. [Also of photographic interest as it features a Camera Obscura...]

Last shot - for anyone who had the misfortune to see the recent Coen remake of "The Ladykillers", the 1955 original, with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers among the fantastic cast, is well worth a look.

R

6:57 AM  
Blogger jim witkowski said...

I'm several days late to this conversation, but the greatest cowboy movie ever was left off the list. How could you miss 'High Noon'?

8:11 AM  
Blogger giddings said...

Bizarre and French,
but the lighting is incredible...
"Last Year in Marienbad".

7:52 AM  

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