classic-movie-starsI love watching older films especially ones that were filmed in black and white. These films have much more depth and visual splendor than many newer films that are produced today. During the 1980’s there were many production companies that were “Colorizing” black and white films. They had many reasons for doing so. One line of thinking was to introduce the younger crowd to these older classics. Some thought the films looked better with the Colorization process.

A few films that were colorized in the 1980’S were “Casablanca”, “Citizen Kane”, “Miracle on 34st Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Today, whenever these films do reappear on T.V. in their colorized state, I always turn off the color selection on my remote control. I will not watch a movie that has been colorized. It seems to me the true sense of the film has been removed by this process. I believe that if the Director/Producer wanted to create the film in color they would have done so. An excellent example is “Psycho”. Alfred Hitchcock had any type of technology available to him at the time in 1960, and yet he chose to film one of his greatest films in black and white. See below a list of the best black and white films to see:

• Psycho
• A Streetcar Named Desire
• Schindler’s List
• The Hustler
• Raging Bull
• To Kill a Mockingbird
• On the Waterfront
• Citizen Kane
• The Seven Samurai
• It’s a Wonderful Life
• The Last Picture Show

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