Autoganz t1_ix6njex wrote

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See, most of those I thought about, but I feel those are slightly tougher for people new to black and white films because of their pacing. I kinda think Night of the Hunter straddles the line slightly, and was iffy about including it. These are all great.

High and Low is actually my second fave. Such an intense film. The way Kurosawa blocks the characters into frame is incredible.


Autoganz t1_ix6m69c wrote

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To be fair, 8 1/2 is a very particular film with some high concepts and isn’t really a film with mainstream appeal. It’s also black and white AND in Italian, so you might have to work your way up to something like that.

For black and white films to start with, here are some which might be easier to watch because of their near-universal appeal:

Citizen Kane (1941)

Night of the Hunter (1955)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Psycho (1960)

Repulsion (1965)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

The Elephant Man (1980)

or my all-time favorite: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

As for me: no movie is too old. That includes stuff like the 1902 classic “A Trip to the Moon.” Old IS gold. I’m 38, btw.