When we began doing ‘Zach On Film’, I was quite amused by young Zach’s response to films made in black and white.  To be honest, films without color can be a bewildering experience, especially in modern flicks, but it can make for an amazing viewing experience.  Kevin Smith’s ‘Clerks’, for instance, is a movie that I can’t imagine having been made in color and, while I enjoy Berke Breathed’s wild color palette, I always found ‘Bloom County’ more compelling in the daily B&W newsprint strips.  (Having a penguin for a protagonist will do that, I’ve found.)  Even though monochromatic films and comics tend to be done for cost-related reasons, there are a lot of truly great stories out there, leading to today’s desaturated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually wished that Clerks II was in monochrome as well, for visual balance, asking: What story told in black and white is the best of all?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Answer will be same as in many other movie related questions. Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Probably followed by Chaplin’s Modern Times. My favorite of “new” films made in B&W is probably Raging Bull.

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