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Offline Sunshine Superman

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Your Favourite Black and White Films
« on: January 01, 2012, 09:38:07 PM »
What are your favourite films shot in glorious black and white?

Mine are The Third Man, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Holiday Inn (though the recent 2disc dvd of this I bought also has a colourised version on disc two) , most of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films,  and An Inspector Calls.  Then there\'s The Day The Earth Stood Still, and Laura.

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012, 10:04:22 PM »
Passport to Pimlico

Pygmalion (starring Leslie Howard and WendyHiller)

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 10:36:41 PM »
Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple and in PtP above; all the Ealing comedies; Kind Hearts and Coronets; and the older John Wayne movies.
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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012, 11:14:07 PM »
I\'m not much of a movie buff, but my recollection is that the black and white film I most enjoyed watching was \'The Mark of Zorro\' (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks.  Mind you, I\'ve only seen it once, nearly 40 years ago, and I was under the influence at the time, so it\'s probably a load of rubbish.  I really should make the effort to watch it again while sober.

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2012, 11:20:42 PM »
Dr Strangelove

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2012, 12:02:02 AM »
Of course, if we were to go back (nearly) 60 years - when there weren\'t many that weren\'t B/W - there was all those Cisco Kid Saturday morning films with the handguns that never needed loading!

BTW, how are things in Wagga Wagga? I believe that it\'s the Antipodes of Glockamorra.
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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 12:04:03 AM »
A Hard Day\'s Night
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Women
My Man Godfrey
People will Talk
Penny Seranade
The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Thin Man films mostly because they were filmed here in SF and Oakland...it\'s a kick to see how the place looked like before I was born. The rail station is still there in Oakland, but it\'s delapidated and I  am sure people are taking the steel and other metals out for scrap. The Bay Bridge had traffic going in both directions on the top deck, the lower deck were for the trains and trams that ran from the East Bay to San Francisco. The Transbay Terminal, where all those trains ended was just torn down late last year and it took great effort to knock it down. Too bad they couldn\'t save it, the building was a relic from the Art Deco period. The only thing referenced in the films that\'s still standing is the race track Golden Gate Fields. Bay Meadows is gone as is Tanforan. If you know the story of Seabiscuit (from the book), these tracks should sound familiar.

For sentimental reasons, because before cable my Saturday refuge were classic film series;

Any Shirley Temple film
Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett was superb, but in DW parlance, Rathbone was my Holmes)
Tarzan
Charlie Chan

I\'ll bet if I saw any of the Saturday afternoon b/w films again I probably wouldn\'t sit through them, but they are good nostalgia.

I put A Hard Day\'s Night on first because that is one film I can sit through start to finish whatever mood I am in.

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 02:19:37 AM »
Ooh, those are all good ones so far! I\'ll add....

All About Eve
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Roman Holiday
Double Indemnity
Witness For The Prosecution
The Night of The Hunter
Grapes of Wrath
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Cyrano de Bergerac
Rebecca
Strangers On A Train
M
Nosferatu
Of Human Bondage
Captain Blood
It\'s A Wonderful Life
Harvey
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
It Happened One Night
The Egg And I
Jezebel
Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
Adam\'s Rib
Born Yesterday
Some Like It Hot

.....more later. :)
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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2012, 07:21:29 AM »
I\'ve still got to  see ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE.  I hear thet there\'s a two-disc remastered edition out now on dvd so I may well give it a whilrl.

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2012, 09:04:19 AM »
Of course, there is Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. As with Mars, this film reminds me of Nottingham in my early days, especially when I started work, and shows buildings that are (sadly) no longer there and the old trolley-buses still running.

Of course, if you turn down the colour, you can watch every film in B/W!




Ain\'t it a shame that you can\'t turn up the colour on old films and see what things were actually like.
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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2012, 10:46:53 AM »
Are there any old British black and white films from the 30s 40s 50s or even 60s that you can see Tardis-like police telephone boxes in?  If they were as common on the streets of Britain as they were made out to be, you\'d expect so. Anyone ever spotted any in any film?

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2012, 01:38:00 PM »

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2012, 03:21:00 PM »
It\'s available on youtube in 15 parts - assuming they\'re all there.

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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2012, 04:12:26 PM »
Ain\'t it a shame that you can\'t turn up the colour on old films and see what things were actually like.

Nooooo! Already lived it! One good thing about getting old is selective memories of the past. :)


To Kill A Mockingbird
The Fighting Sullivans
Mrs. Miniver
Sunset Boulevard
Psycho
The General
City Lights
The Best Years of Our Lives
A Street Car Named Desire
All Quiet On The Western Front
Who\'s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Place In The Sun
Duck Soup
12 Angry Men
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Re: Your Favourite Black and White Films
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012, 04:49:42 PM »
There are many several versions. The Waterbearer, (us company) have the best CD/dvd and I\'ve a long and boring story about how Amazon and 3rd party sales partners screwed me on the deal which I won\'t bore you with here! :D

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