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PS: The Art of Black & White Since 1970

Intro:

There are many b&w pictures on the market. Some earlier were made in
b&w, because there wasn't any color film material or later at first
the color movies were too expensive. But when you look closer there
were always movies filmed in b&w, even when color was up to date. The reduction of colors to b&w often allows another perception. Movies like The Third Man (1949) used the strong contrast and the layout of the scenes. Black & White is a form of art that retained the decades. In which of these b&w works since 1970 would you consider the most artful useage of b&w? Discuss here.

Rules:

Movies 6.5+/10. No animee or animated, no documentation, no movie before 1970. The usage of b&w should be an essential style element for creativity. It should be dominant. Please give me an one sentence description why your suggestion fits for the list.

List:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls091386932/

Poll:

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2 y ago

How did you research this? You missed a lot....
Cold War (2018)
Frances Ha (2012)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
The White Ribbon (2009)
The Turin Horse (2011)
Melancholia (2011)
Control (2008)
13 Tzameti (2005)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2004)
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
Following (1998)
The General (1998)
Pi (1998)
Samurai Fiction (1998)
La Haine (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Shadows and Fog (1991)
In the Soup (1992)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Sidewalk Stories (1989)

Black Rain (1989)Kuroi ame 
Down by Law (1986)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Chan Is Missing (1982)
The Elephant Man (1981)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Forbidden Zone (1982)
Manhattan (1979)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Eraserhead (1977)
Alice in the Cities (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Paper Moon (1973)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

I just went hunting and pecking here...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_black-and-white_films_produced_since_1970

Documentaries aren't called documentation.



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2 y ago

Despite Stephen Atwood's response is full of terrific movies and pretty much already stokes the poll full, I also have an FYC:
A Field in England (2013).

Overall, I love the idea behind this poll. Much like choosing the format, be it film, digital, video, mixed etc. choosing to shoot in black-and-white is a purely artisitic decision nowadays. I've heard quite a few people saying that it's archaic and not getting the point about it, but it's easily compared to painting: we never demolished painting just because we invented photography and moreover there are hundreds of ways something could be painted or drawn, same goes for cinema. Oddly, when I point that out I also encounter people from time to time who can't get the point of painting either. This saddens me deeply. My father is an artist and a painter and raised in traditions of classic art, I value and treat all the methods in all art forms with equal respect. 

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FYC and my absolute favorite: Raging Bull (1980)

Filmed in gorgeous black and white photography by cinematographer Michael Chapman, Scorsese beautifully captures the graphic images of boxing in the forties and fifties and the immediate violence permeating the entire story.

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Just so you know, we have had several polls on this subject.

https://www.google.com/search?q=site%...

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Another FYC: 
Clerks (1994) - a movie that proved that you can film contemporary Generation X setting in black-and-white and still be modern. By extension still inspires people to go for black-and-white, despite it's not as significant for budget these days. 

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Shortened the Intro to:

"Some earlier movies were made in black & white, because there wasn't any color film material or it would have been to expensive. The reduction of colors to black & white in modern productions allow another perception. Former movies like The Third Man (1949) used the strong contrast and the layout of the scenes. Black & white is a form of art that retained the decades. Which of these black & white works since 1970 would you consider the most artful useage of black & white? (Please note: The issue is only about the visual impression!) Discuss here."

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Just stumbled upon this article by chance and thought it might be useful for composition of the poll. I only saw Frances Ha (2012) out of those, actually and I probably should rectify that. 

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Young Frankenstein!

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I would nominate Manhattan. Woody Allen's romantic dramedy had some truly stunning black and white camerawork by camera legend Gordon Willis. 

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Schindler's List (1993)

To Spielberg, the black and white presentation of the film came to represent the Holocaust itself: "The Holocaust was life without light. For me the symbol of life is color. That's why a film about the Holocaust has to be in black-and-white."

Schindler's List - Wikipedia