If you think black-and-white movies are a thing of the past, then you may be wrong. Audiences are now looking out for movies that have a blend of vintage and modern film making. The juxtaposition of black-and-white cinematography in a modern film is an art and gives the audience an experience that is very different from the ones taken from coloured movies.
So, here are seven brilliant films captured in black-and-white that will sweep you off your feet:
Schindler’s List (1993)
You cannot deny that this is one of the greatest films of all times; Steven Spielberg certainly deserved an Oscar for Best Direction. Schindler’s List is surely the best film that Spielberg has ever made. Inspired by a true story, the black-white cinematography made the movie emotionally very powerful and brilliantly captured the tragedy of Jewish Holocaust. This film, without a doubt, will be a classic even hundreds of years from its release.
Director Kevin Smith had a shoe-string budget for this movie so that the film could be shot in black and white. The movie remains significant to date and is incomparable to its colourful sequel ClerksII (2006). Clerks is blunt with no trace of pretention. The film brilliantly captures a day in the life of a guy who works at a store. The witty dialogues only add to the sheen of the story. Among Smith’s work like Chasing Amy, Mallrats and Dogma, Clerks remains to be his best.
Hate begets hate. While everybody is familiar with the grandeur we call Paris, this film captures the harsh and grim side of the city. This French movie shows a day in the life of three friends who are politically and economically marginalized. If realistic movies based on political and economic issues form a part of your interests, then this movie is for you. La Haine does not have the solution to the economic and political problems, but captures the plight of the three friends amazingly. The film is more than a decade old but remains relevant to current times.
This film is a biopic on Ian Curtis, who sort of paved the way for Nirvana’s Curt Cobain in the music world. Control is where music biopic meets cinematic excellence and in a paradox, the film is depressingly beautiful. Unlike conventional biopic, where glamour is overdone, this film depicts the rise and fall of a legend in a balanced narration. This is a truly moving film that narrates the biopic in an evocative cinematography of black-and-white.
If you are skipping this film because it is silent and shot in black and white, then you are missing out on one of the best movie experiences that you’ll ever have. Cinematography is excellent, acting is flawless and the musical score is well balanced. The Artist is a masterpiece that will leave you speechless. Watch it and you’ll say silence is indeed golden.
Classic and realistic! Frances Ha is an indie film wherein loneliness, friendship and adulthood have been crafted into one. Call it immature or quirky but Frances, the lead character, seems to fully live every moment that comes her way. She’s energetic and free-sprited. Director Noah Bumbach has brilliantly captured each shot through the black and white lens. Films like this are rare nowadays, make sure you watch it.
Much Ado About Nothing(2012)
Effortless acting and cinematography at its best, is how the film can be described in a nut shell. You may like or hate Avengers but with this one, you might soon be Joss Whedon’s fan. It is one of the loveliest adaptations of Shakespeare in modern setting. The wonderful use of light and shade in glorious black and white will make you admire the film.
Valentina Telien Kom
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