Movies and Film: Famous Instances of Black and White and Color

Famous Instances of Black and White and Color

The following list of films presents a fairly wide spectrum of film stock choices; we've tried to pick the best of color, black and white, and combinations of the two:

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) is the classic example of Technicolor. You might also want to view An American in Paris (1951).
  • Fantasia (1940). Academy-Award-winning Disney classic in part famous for fantasy and abstract use of color.
  • Citizen Kane (1941). Contains the classic film noir use of black and white.
  • The Icicle Thief (1989) is perhaps the funniest mix of color and black and white ever.
  • The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover (1990) is a marvelously "postmodern" color text, if you can stomach the strong content.
  • Schindler's List (1993) is one of the best contemporary black-and-white film texts.
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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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