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#1 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 04:44 AM

Hey guys,

 

I'm wanting to delve into the world of black and white, and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for any particularly exquisite looking pictures that I should look at?

Cheers,

Mark


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:26 AM

Theres alot to choose from .. but I always liked Room at the Top.. 1959..  DOP Freddie Francis..  good book and film too.. 


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#3 Dan Hasson

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:25 AM

Grapes of Wrath was one of my first B&W experiences. Will always love that film. And if I'm talking about a Gregg Toland shot film I might as well throw in Wuthering Heights & Citizen Kane.

More recent B&W pictures, I'd say Nolan's, Following. Nebraska is also a good film.

 

Recently I watched Blue Jay on Netflix. Such a great watch. Good use of B&W but also a very well told story.


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#4 Freya Black

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:59 AM

Eraserhead

 

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari

 

Vampyr

 

Nosferatu

 

Der Golem

 

The Silence

 

The Seventh Seal

 

Persona

 

Hour of the Wolf

 

Winter Light

 

Through a glass darkly

 

Love is colder than death

 

La Jette

 

Probably lots more I can't think of right now...

 

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#5 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:24 AM

Oh wow this could become a very long list!

Some not yet mentioned:

Sunrise
Out of the past
The night of the hunter
Andrei Rublev

More recently:
The man who wasn't there
Control
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#6 John Salim

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:47 AM

'Schindler's list'

'The Elephant Man'

'Psycho'

'Touch of Evil'

 

just to name 4 !

John S :rolleyes:


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#7 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:42 AM

Easily 12 Angry Men.


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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 01:57 PM

The Fugitive (John Ford's film), Out of the Past, I Know Where I'm Going, The Third Man, Citizen Kane, Psycho, I Am Cuba... for starters...


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#9 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:34 PM

Anything by Arthur C. Miller.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:59 PM

Man With a Movie Camera
Citizen Kane
The Long Voyage Home
How Green Was My Valley
The Grapes of Wrath
Fort Apache
Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Ikiru
Ivan's Childhood
Winter Light
Persona
8 1/2
12 Angry Men
The Cranes Are Flying
In Cold Blood
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#11 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 04:45 PM

Thanks everyone, that's certainly plenty to get me started. Cheers
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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:21 PM

The Third Man directed by Carol Reed, DoP Robert Krasker
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#13 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:46 PM

I'm surprised nobody mentioned 'Third Man' until now... I'd have to put it right next to 'Citizen Kane' as two of my favorite B&W movies.
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#14 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:31 PM

I mentioned it.
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Posted 23 February 2017 - 03:40 AM

Rumble Fish was also great.. maybe not count as it had some colored fish at the end.. 


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#16 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:40 AM

Yes,  I loved Rumblefish,  and I don't think that the colored fish discount it.

 

Mark wants to be provoked to see pictures...maybe stills should be included...


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#17 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:24 AM

Rumble Fish was also great.. maybe not count as it had some colored fish at the end.. 

 

I was so pumped for Rumble Fish, but couldn't get more than 30 minutes through it before I gave up. I think I've got something against 50s Americana - I couldn't make it past the first half hour of American Graffiti either.


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#18 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:29 AM

Stills would be glorious though! (thanks for the suggestion Gregg). 

I'm particularly keen on dark, gritty looking ones. And ones that made good use of B&W contrast filters. Anything that looks like Tri-X would be mint.


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#19 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 10:22 AM

"Pi" - I think that was actually shot in Tri-X reversal.
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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:26 PM

Stills would be glorious though! (thanks for the suggestion Gregg). 

I'm particularly keen on dark, gritty looking ones. And ones that made good use of B&W contrast filters. Anything that looks like Tri-X would be mint.

 

If you are looking for grit, and B&W then I'd point you to say Val Lewton produced films, such as "Cat People"(1942)

 

You can also take a gander at Julius Dassin's pre exile works in the late forties, with "Naked City"(1948) and for his exile works, "Rififi"(1955).

 

My personal favorite being "Ποτέ την Κυριακή"(1960 aka "Never on a Sunday") (if ever I was going to be a youthful fan/groupie... it would have been for Melina Mercouri...)

 

Another gritty film would be "Psycho"(1960). Ok... maybe not as 'gritty' as some of the others...


Edited by John E Clark, 23 February 2017 - 01:27 PM.

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