I love a monochrome. It can be very effective when used to signify nostalgia or an important event from the past. The Lighting can also look much more accentuated in monochrome (Raging Bull). These are all recent black and white films that are worth checking out:
The Man Who wasn't there Polytechnique Ida Roma City of Life and Death The Lighthouse Nebraska Werckmeister Harmonies Blu Jay Hard to be a God A Girl Walked Home Alone at Night The Eyes of My Mother Cold War Frantz Embrace of the Serpent
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I believe Tarantino probably has a GREAT black and white in him, it just hasn't happened yet.
I think Reservoir Dogs was originally planned to be in black and white when the budget was a lot lower. I would have liked to have seen that and would like to see him tackle B&W in the future...we may only have one more chance.
I don't care whether a film is black and white or colour, it doesn't affect my enjoyment. A majority of my favourite films are black and white but that's not because they are black and white, I would like them just as much if they were colour.
I voted for "Love em," because I love the poetic abstraction of black and white films. To me, they're innately more "artistic," because they're not in color. Of course, if the work is bland - poor lighting, etc. - it really doesn't matter much. I was thrilled to see The Elephant Man, Schindler's List, and most recently The Artist (2010), Nebraska (2013), and Roma (2018) in B&W.
Of course, color films are just as beautiful, in a different way, and I can't imagine a world without them. I just wish more films were shot in B&W, because I do miss the poetic abstraction of great B&W cinematography.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 16:37:45 GMT by spiderwort