Jake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
I like all kinds of movies, but the old black and white ones seem to hold a special place in my heart. I was recently at the local "mega" video rental store and was once again reminded how little a selection they had. Not to mention the 300 plus cable channels still show the same recycled crap on a seemingly endless loop. Is Sister Act 2 ever NOT showing on cable???? And the 2 cable channels that do offer "older" movies here in the US--TMC & AMC--don't have a lot of depth in their choices.
I think those movies from the 30's, 40's, and 50's were great. Not ALL of them of course!
I feel badly for those who grow up now and will miss some great movies!
Anyone else out there wish there was better access to old movies???
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
There's a local show called "Big Chuck and Lil' John" on Saturday mornings and late night Saturday/early Sunday morning. The hosts are Chuck Schodowski and John Rinaldi and the show specializes in B-quality action and horror movies. Some of the movies are old enough that they are broadcast in black and white.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
Colorizing movies was a terrible idea, for the most part, and took away from the director and cameramans work to provide the shading and textures from black and white films.
I love the older movies, and black and white are part and parcel to them. They had to actually get you excited without the incredible technology available today, and consequently it was more difficult to keep the audiences attention because it was mostly acting.
I'll give an example. "The Best Years of Their Lives" was filmed in B&W and they had to find an actor who really was a double amputee since they couldn't blue screen out his hands, and they did not have CGI to show fleets of bombers in the protagonists head so they simply showed him in an actual surplus cockpit and used a rising orchestral crescendo to give the viewer a clear picture of what the man was thinking and feeling.
B&W films are great as is and don't need colorizing, and I obviously watch them.
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
Two of my favourite films are black and white: Sunset Boulevard, and Citizen Kane.
I think colourising these would really detract from the very intentional cinematic and filmic techniques employed by the makers of those two films. Let them be.
Imagine hanging a digital projection of the Mona Lisa on a gallery wall? It's the same thing. We should respect artists enough not to tamper with their work (with the exception of working to physically preserve it).
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 8): Colorizing movies was a terrible idea, for the most part, and took away from the director and cameramans work to provide the shading and textures from black and white films.
Well, not always. So many, if not most of those old films were in B&W due to budgetary reasons, long after color film had arrived. For some, colorizing does work because they'd have been in color anyway if their budgets had been bigger. "The Thing" (1951) is one that did work in color, as did the 1933 "King Kong" and 1934's "Miracle On 34th Street". By contrast, however, 1960's "Psycho" would have been totally ruined by colorization, as would have "The Maltese Falcon". Director John Huston vigorously protested cable TV magnate Ted Turner's colorization of that classic in the late 80's. I do think Turner should have respected his wishes, even though he'd bought the rights to it. Though I'm okay with the now nearly abandoned process of colorizing WHEN artistically appropriate, I still enjoy many B&W classic movies AND TV shows. Here's a source that has a surprising number available.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
my partner still watches them ... drives me completely nuts ... five minutes of b & w and I get a pounding headache ... I thought we had the problem solved when VCR went the way of the dinosaur , but no , he had them burned onto frigging DVD ...........arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggghhhhhhh!
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
IceTitan447 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
I am a huge Bing Crosby fan. His music, and films.
My favorite Black and White movie is Bells of St. Mary's. My favorite color or B&W is White Christmas, with Bing, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera Ellen.
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Quoting Jake056 (Thread starter): I like all kinds of movies, but the old black and white ones seem to hold a special place in my heart.
The visual artistry of good black-and-white movies is often to be marveled at. The directors, and art and departments (set designers, etc.) did quite a lot with very little. Contrast was often well-tuned to serve in lieu of differences in color, I've found.
AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
Black-and-white dramas can be some of the most interesting around. For example, Waterloo Bridge. When I first saw this tearjerker more than thirty years ago, I was struck by its deliberate and effective pacing. And I still remember seeing it to this day.