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favorite Black & White films (in part because they're B&W)

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OK, I just stumbled on this...

link: Our 8 Favorite Movies That Are In Black And White Even Though Color Was Available

Which also gives me an excuse to start this thread, AND to ask this question...

Does anybody remember an art-house movie from about 12-15 years ago, in Black & White, about a pair of twins who were separated at birth, one having a rather poor ($) working-class upbringing, and the other having an uber-rich, multi-millionaire type upbringing. And if my vague memory is right, when the poor twin discovers the rich twin (after they’re both adults), the poor twin sets out to murder his rich brother -- and then take his place (after all, they are twins, and identical twins at that), impersonating him.

OK, so far, so good. Thing is, the actors who play the roles of the twins (who are 'identical' remember), one of the actors is White, and the other is Black (and I'm talkin' a "Miles Davis" shade of black, at that). Other characters in the movie who discover that they're brothers are "astounded at the resemblance" -- even though one of the actors is lily white, and the other back as night.

Can anyone here remember such a movie (it may have been British), or does someone with better Google-fu want to take a crack at it??

It was SUCH a cool movie (and so incredibly well shot), I'd love to try and rent it sometime -- if it's ever been reissued on DVD.

The film is Suture

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108260/

There are a great array of Japanese Cinemascope B&W films - more than I can list.

Persona

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In keeping with the jazz theme of this board, Shadows. I probably saw it 5 times the week it showed up my freshman year.

How about,, then

The Connection (Shirley Clarke, from play by Jack Gelber)

The Cool World

Also one I just saw, getting a limited theatrical release currently, and coming soon to DVD:

The Exiles (1961)

Killer of Sheep

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The 400 Blows

I forgot about that one; excellent!

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For a b&w film shot in the colour film era, The Coen's The Man Who Wasn't There takes some beating

Deservedly so, in my opinion.

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"Since color became available"? Color has been "available" since the 1930's...so what are we talking about here?

"The color era"? What is this? Color movies became common in Hollywood in the 1950's. But then there was a brief period of producing prestige pictures in B&W in the first half of the 1960's because they figured the films would look better on TV (which was then overwhelmingly B&W) because Hollywood had finally admitted that the TV aftermarket was where it's bread was buttered. When TV programs started being shot and broadcast in color, in the mid-60's, Hollywood dropped B&W like a hot potato and never looked back.

Exactly. Hence, the thread's concept brings to my mind "Paper Moon", not "Citizen Kane".

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Many of the films so far mentioned are great, but made before color became an almost universal medium; i.e after the sixties. A very recent good one is In Search of a Midnight Kiss.

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Schindler's List

The Last Picture Show

Good Night and Good Luck

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Control, was pretty good also.

I do think that we should stick to b&w flicks done when color started being the norm, no use to name movies from the 40s and 50s.

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In Cold Blood

Lenny

Night of the Hunter

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Love "Night of the Hunter."

Also, "Nothing but a Man," w. Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon—a beautifully done low-budget film from 1964.

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"Z"

Up over and out.

Color.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065234/

Really. I would swear the print I saw with subtitles was in B&W. This would have been the original version. Of course, it's always possible that I was overly medicated at the time. That was many moons ago.

Up over and out.

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Perhaps you were catching some Z's in more ways than one. :)

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this one too..

coffee-n-cigarettes.jpg

Yes, Jarmusch is clearly someone who went out of his way to make deliberate use of the b&w medium, except in Broken Flowers, of course.

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I read somewhere that the director of In Cold Blood really fought to have it filmed in B&W, which the studio was very much against. Got to hand it to him. Still, admirable as it is in many ways, I somehow find it a hard film to like, and impossible to love.

The Elephant Man (1980) is another B&W island in the color ocean.

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Woody Allen's "Manhattan". A great film made even better due to its splendid use of black and white cinematography.

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The Elephant Man (1980) is another B&W island in the color ocean.

Surprised it took this long to be mentioned. Always thought it was one of the greatest. It certainly deserved a space on that Top 8 list.

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