Black and White movies have a certain charm, they create the nostalgic feeling I absolutely adore. So here are my favourite b/w films, prepare for some classics and some new stuff! =)
Audrey Hepburn is my favourite actress of all time. There’s not one film with her that I don’t like but Sabrina is clearly one of my favourites. The story of a girl who falls in love with a guy out of her league (who actually is a jerk anyway) is heartwarming.
Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous piece of work is a masterpiece. The atmosphere he created makes you shiver, and Norman Bates is surely one of the creepiest guys in movie history. Psycho is the kind of film everybody should have seen at least once.
3. Dr. Strangelove:
Stanley Kubrick is famous for making great films. However, Dr. Strangelove (aka How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb) is not as widely known as other Kubrick stuff. The satiric take on the balance of terror during the Cold War is brilliant. It may be a bit strange, but you’ll love it!
4. Sin City:
This one is not b/w because the technique didn’t allow anything else. Sin City is ten years old and the decision against a regular colored movie was a choice of atmosphere. There are occasional drops of color throughout the film and it all works out magnificently. The story is based on the comic series by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez did an amazing job adapting it.
Control is also a rather new movie. It depicts the life and death of Ian Curtis, singer of Joy Division. (For a detailed review click here) The lack of color is a perfect representation of Ian Curtis moods. He was a rather sad and depressed person and the atmosphere created transports that very well.
Persepolis is an intense film. It’s an animated version of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel. You experience the life of a young girl against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis is the story of a very clever girl and it really gets under your skin.
Adding this to the list is actually a bit of a cheat. Only a part of the film is in b/w. Two teenagers are transported into an old TV show (where everything is b/w). They have to deal with some old-fashioned attitudes and with helping the people to liberate themselves and to discover the world, the add color to their lives.
8. Citizen Kane:
Simply known as one of the best films ever made, there is not much more to say about Citizen Kane. It really is an amazing film and clearly Orson Welles’ masterpiece. A cleverly told story you should really check out!
9. The Third Man:
As we are speaking of Orson Welles, the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one more of his works. The Third Man was written by Graham Greene and is set in Vienna shortly after the Second World War. Welles shot a movie that drags you right in. absolutely thrilling!
10. It’s a Wonderful Life:
Has there ever been a film lovelier than It’s a Wonderful Life? For me christmas isn’t complete without watching George Bailey’s struggle with life. Although is was a flop when it was originally shown in theatres, I adore it. (Detailed review over here)