5 Masterpieces Black & White Movies You Need to Watch


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The shooting of films in color started back in the thirties of the last century, but it was expensive, so the color film was «given» only for those projects that are likely to bring profit. Neither color nor special effects – what else remains for the director, except for a powerful script and catchy dialogs? They revealed a lot of emotions that not every color film can express.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

An unusual film noir directed by Billy Wilder. The plot focuses on young screenwriter Joe Gillis who unfortunately runs out of money; he is being pursued by creditors and thinks that life is over. His car suddenly crashed into the courtyard of famous movie star Norma Desmond mansion. The film combines the elements of comedy and drama and captivates with its plot.

Schindler’s List (1993)

The historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg 1993 based on a true story. The picture tells about the German businessman and member of the NSDAP, Oskar Schindler, who, during the mass repressions, managed to save hundreds of lives secretly from the ruling regime. With the help of numerous connections, bribery, and agreements, he managed to build a factory and hire Jews as workers, which subsequently allowed them to survive. A very deep film about the painful events of the past.

Metropolis (1926)

Metropolis is a legend and a real masterpiece in cinema history, the most famous film by Fritz Lang, and the most expensive one in the history of the silent movie. Metropolis is a huge city of the future, where the rich are living in skyscrapers, and the poor (workers) huddle in miserable shacks. The son of one of the rulers falls in love with a girl from the «bottom.» The film had an unprecedented impact on the subsequent development of cinema. The futuristic scenery of the picture amazes with its courage and modernity even today!

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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird is a drama of 1962, an adaptation of Harper Lee`s self-titled novel. The film tells a story of a lawyer from Alabama, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), raising his two children without a mother. The wise and gentle Atticus is assigned to defend an African American falsely accused of raping a white woman. The film clearly presents the problems of racial discrimination, diplomacy, and social inequality.

Casablanca (1942)

The action was during the Second World War. The owner of a casino in Casablanca meets his ex-girlfriend, who is now married to a fighter of the anti-fascist underground. The legendary film by Michael Curtis starred celebrities of the global scale – Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and American film actor Humphrey Bogart. Casablanca is among the top ten greatest American films of almost all ratings that are possible. This film was shot in the midst of World War II when no one knew what would happen tomorrow and how the war would end, so the acting was very sincere!


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