Thick Moustache: Gentlemanly Studies on Modern Leisure

Better in Black and White

Posted by David on May 24th, 2011

This list of 10 Modern Movies That Are Better in Black and White takes a range of movies from recent ones like The Departed to classics like A Christmas Story and desaturates them to be black and white. I’d usually find turning anything black and white to only enhance how boring something is, but in this does exactly the opposite, to reveal superb cinematography. Plus, I can finally see color movies the way dogs have been watching them for years.

Jason Bailey does a stellar job narrating, sometimes revealing the influences behind the clips. For example, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was a tremendous influence on the cinematography of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Unfortunately, the remaining Halloween movies drew their influence from Porky’s.

I never thought the iconic opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark could garner any new excitement after the 800th viewing, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t wrong. I’m still working my way through these, but do yourself a favor and watch them with your face. You may be surprised how not boring a black and white clip can be.

[Source: Flavorwire by way of Kottke]

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