Cinema is crafted with various tools. Movie makers use shapes, sizes, framing, motion and color to tell stories, express feelings and subliminally illustrate thoughts. But sometimes one or more of these can be done away with for a number of reasons. Color has been used in a number of ways to show distinction between the characters, the mood of the scene and sometimes just for the sheer shock-value. It has even been used in the early 60s because black and white film was cheaper. But over time, some have found that stepping back from color to black and white can actually be a step-up. Here is the list of top black and white movies shot in the era of color.
10. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ is a series of short conversations between semi-fictionalized versions of actors including Bill Murray, Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi and Cate Blanchett. The film was essentially made over a 17-year period. Most of the conversation was improvised by the actors which illustrates their skill and mastery. This movie serves as a peep into the realistic, almost-mundane life of the characters in Jim Jarmusch’s movies like his recently released ‘Paterson’. The film has inspired many works including a 7-part-series by TVF with a very similar feel, concept and even title.
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9. Paper Moon (1973)
‘Paper Moon’ was inspired by the highly acclaimed novel Addie Pray. It depicts the unlikely bond between a con man and a girl who may be his daughter, played by Tatum O’Neal, who won an Oscar for the role. While the movie is regarded as one of the greatest, the decision to shoot in black and white was actually made when the great Orson Welles suggested the idea to the director Peter Bogdanovich. It added higher contrast to the images and more texture to the characters.