Hot answers tagged black-and-white
Clerks was shot in black and white for budgetary purposes, they just didn't have the money to film it in color. Frances Ha was filmed digitally (Color) and in black and white, and was done in b&w to evoke reminisces of movies such as Woody Allen's Manhattan, or works by Truffaut. I cannot find any references explaining why La Haine is in black and ...
Dead of Night (1945) From Wikipedia, here's the synopsis: Architect Walter Craig arrives at a country house party where he reveals to the assembled guests that he has seen them all in a dream. He appears to have no prior personal knowledge of them but he is able to predict spontaneous events in the house before they unfold. The other ...
This scene is a key scene in the movie The Game where Sean Penn, playing Conrad, buys a thrilling game of survival for his brother's (Michael Douglas, playing Nicholas) birthday. The flashback concerns young Nicholas witnessing the suicide of his father when he was 48 years old, the same age that Nicholas is now celebrating. From imdb: The game focuses on a ...
Might it have been The Triplets of Belleville from 2003? There most certainly is a huge ship in it... seen by a vaguely Asian-looking old woman... and there is some black and white in the film... Any of this ringing any bells?
Some directors just like black and white movies and sometimes have ideas that seem to be better suited to B&W. It's usually an artistic choice, not for financial reasons. Directors like Jim Jarmusch, Darren Aronofsky and Tim Burton actively choose, or sometimes insist that certain projects not be in color. Woody Allen shot Manhattan in B&W because ...
There are a couple of possible suspects for this film, one is a later remake of the first. The first is a Claude Rains movie from 1935, "The Man who Reclaimed His Head". Here is the IMDB entry, and here is a synopsis. Basically, a writer during WW I sells out his integrity (Or his "head"), and ghost writes anti war editorials for a man that sells out to ...
This is Samuel Fuller's film noir Pickup on South Street from 1953 starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma Ritter. From the IMDb synopsis: On a crowded subway, Skip McCoy picks the purse of Candy. Among his take, although he does not know it at the time, is a piece of top-secret microfilm that was being passed by Candy's consort, a Communist ...
For low-budget independent films pre-2005 or so, the reason was often primarily budgetary. Until shooting digitally became a viable option, shooting black-and-white cost roughly a quarter what shooting in color cost, for the film stock itself and the processing. But that doesn't begin to cover all the additional savings you'd get by forgoing color film. ...
I immediately thought about Joan Crawford as the ringmaster in Berserk, and found a review on imdb attached that describes the falling onto swords scene. In fact, for the kitsch film lover, the many deaths in the film are all rather entertaining and silly--a lady getting sawn in half, a man being hung by a high wire rope, a guy getting a knife in the ...
Somtimes filmmakers use black & white for showing the darker aspects of story. For example in the 1998 film American History X, the parts of the movie where Edward Norton's character is a racist, are shown in Black & White, whereas the part of the movie where Edward Norton is no longer a racist and is seen repenting are shot in color. Take a look ...
Might it be The Bubble (1966) (AKA Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth)? Here is a plot description from an IMDb user review: A small prop plane flying through a rainstorm must land because one of the two passengers is about to have a baby. When the young couple and the pilot put down in the small American town, they find all the townspeople are in ...
I don't remember "feeding centers", but the dome and the light plane and the aliens bring to mind The Slime People (1963). Does this trailer look familiar? From the Wikipedia entry: The film concerns a race of subterranean reptile-men (dubbed "slime people" due to their slime-covered skin) who create a wall of "solidified fog" around Los Angeles ...
Just in case someone else was actually following this, I found it! :) The World of Machines You can see its actually way more recent (80's) then I estimated, but the style is quite unique with he collage-like scenes in between. Anyway, I am really happy I found it and thanks for your help.
Could it have been the 1964 version of First Men in the Moon? Here are some images to jog your memory - they feature 'ant-like' aliens (Selanites) battling explorers on a narrow cliff path on a far off planet (the moon, almost a planet ;)) and there is a skeleton in the mix.
It's a 1960's movie name "The Terrornauts". The Terrornauts is a 1967 science fiction film produced by Amicus Productions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terrornauts Just watched it on youtube... just as I remembered except it was in color... We must have only had a black and white TV at the time.
Seems to be Saboteur of Hitchcock. James Cagney was in the short lists for the role, but at the end didn't make it. Here are some images from the last scene you remember with the Statue of Liberty.:
I asked my mother, as she is far more familiar with the old Yugoslav movies than I am. However, she said that the "black and white movie with a woman wearing a top hat" sounds to her like a German movie "Der blaue Engel" (Blue Angel) from 1930., with Marlene Dietrich in the main role. No other ideas what it could be.
Children Galore from 1955 has a similar plot: a contest where a cottage is won by the family with the most grandchildren. It also contains a scene where a woman consumes poisonous mushrooms.
This might be Duck Soup. There is a scene where Harpo, the mute brother, answers a series of questions by showing off his tattoos. It does have a pirate-esque section where he flexes his forearm and a girl in a bikini waves to stereotypically exotic music. It concludes with him showing off a tattoo of a dog house - and then the dog comes out and barks. ...
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