Hail, Hail, Black & White

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clem0822 (6 years ago)
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Exellent show, with some wonderful black and white films. Raging Bull is one of the best films ever made. I think in color the boxing sequences would have far less realistic. Bravo Black & White films, studios please finance more. Directors step up to the challenge, and bring us more black and white pictures to savor.
Kevin my thanks. I recall Gene and Roger doing either a segment, if not an entire special on Wide Screen films, would love to see that if you can find it sir?
Michael P. Clement
SitOnPickle (6 years ago)
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I have to utterly disagree with Ebert and Siskel here. I feel like their being biased against colored films because they GREW up with black and white movies. I find black and white movies to be sometimes hard to watch, because it creates a tease in my eyes, kind of like the annoyance when you put on red/blue/yellow tinted sun glasses. You also don’t need shadows to make scenes more dramatic, that is again just SaE remembering their childhood cinematography. It would have been nice if they had discussed more WHY people are preferring color now, but neither one of them could even respond to a little kid’s legit comment.
Bim (5 years ago)
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@SitOnPickle. I think that you have the reverse problem of what you are accusing S@E of having, a bias against Black and White. After all, if *you* don’t understand it, you must be correct and they’re wrong. The truth is that great films were born for the choice of either color or B&W. I could not imagine The Third Man or The Night of the Hunter in color, and I could not imagine Barry Lyndon in B&W, or Vertigo. The film’s visual style and implication are more or less married to this choice between color and B&W.
SitOnPickle (4 years ago)
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@Bim. I never said that S@E were wrong, I said they were biased, not because they like black and white more, but because of how unfair they treat the opposite opinion. I hate how the opinion of a young person’s differing view is simply something to be laughed off. HOW IS THAT NOT BIAS? S@E made no effort to mention why younger people like color.
swatch71 (3 years ago)
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Siskel and Ebert grew up with black and white? Color films were quite prevalent all through their childhoods.

It is true, though, that their support of black and white may be on the effusive side because of the the bias they see against it. They are being super supportive because they feel there has been little support elsewhere.

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Gene and Roger show their respect for the Black & White format in this special episode... filmed in black & white!

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