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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 ...


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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 guests ...


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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 ...


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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 “...


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I believe the film you're looking for is the 1955 film The Man Who Loved Redheads. One of the plot summaries almost perfectly matches your description. Great memory for a movie you watched 25 years ago! Plot Summary (From IMDb): When just a young boy, Lord Binfield briefly met and fell in love with redheaded-teenager Sylvia. He never forgot her face ...


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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?


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Is it possible you've confused a few things (or that this answer is wrong)? It sounds like John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness: he stumbles upon a movie in a theatre that somehow disturbs all those who see it. Illuminatus!, utilized the phrase "immanentize the eschaton," but there was never a movie was there? The novel Flicker is a candidate for its ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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Just in case someone else was actually following this, I found it! It's called 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.


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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.


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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.:


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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.


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It's possible you saw The Time Travelers (AKA Time Trap), a film about scientists travelling through time from 1964, on a B&W TV because you're pretty much describing the ending, after they manage to go back to their time: The survivors return to the lab, where they make a strange discovery. Their past selves are still in the lab, yet to pass through ...


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Here's the movie I was remembering: The Terrornauts. It isn't B&W but it is old (1960). Here is the full film on YouTube. The scene with boxes lining the wall is at around the 40:08 mark.


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Could it be "So long at the Fair" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042980/) ?


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Perhaps you are thinking of The Yellow Balloon. From the Wikipedia plot summary: "Len blackmails Frankie into stealing money from his parents (Kenneth More and Kathleen Ryan) to help fund Len's escape and then uses the boy as a decoy in a pub robbery that goes horribly wrong when Len murders the pub owner. Realising that Frankie is the only ...


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Twenty Minutes of Love is an early Chaplin Keystone Comedy that involves sets of lovers and a stolen watch. It doesn't exactly follow the scenario you describe, but if it is a Chaplin film you are thinking of, than this is probably it! If this is not it, you might look into other Keystone Comedies that do not feature Chaplin. They very much relied on ...


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The B&W drama David Holzman's Diary from 1967, an early mockumentary (and found footage) film. This fake documentary which appears quite real on the surface is about a young man making a movie about his everyday life and discovering something important about himself and his reality. This film is not a real documentary or is it? The scenes you ...


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The B&W comedy You Never Can Tell from 1951. A cracker tycoon leaves six million dollars to his German Shepherd King, with his secretary Ellen as trustee. King is poisoned; Ellen inherits and is the prime suspect. But King's spirit, in 'Beastatory,' thinks he knows who did it and wants the chance to prove it. Enter Rex Shepherd, [King reincarnated as ...


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The Spiral Staircase from 1945 with Dorothy McGuire and Ethel Barrymore (who was nominated for an Oscar for the role). Beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for old ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety ...


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It's the 1971 TV movie, And Then They Forgot God: Prolific television writer Sy Salkowitz wrote and directed this outré dramatic telefilm set in a dystopian future. With a grim plot twist that rivals the darkest of Twilight Zone episodes, this humanistic parable centers on an average couple (Joseph Campanella and Beverly Garland) as they face starvation ...


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Old television shows were shot using motion picture film of that era, and were shot at either 24 or 25 frames per second. Television video today is played at 30 frames per second. The speed problems you see are artifacts of the conversion process. The shows you watched might have been converted to television during the 1950's when kinescopes were largely ...


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Possibly the B&W 1951 British thriller Valley of (the) Eagles: The chase takes all four protagonists into the territory of the local Sami people, referred to here as Lapps. Nystrom and Helga have hired three Sami as guides, while Ahlen and Peterson join a large family group who are taking their reindeer across the border. Right from the start, the ...



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