My Black and White Favorites

As I was chatting with my color timer Jean-Louis Caplain, I realized a couple things. First, the days of shooting film are numbered.  This fact makes me want to shoot film as much as I can in the months and years to come.  And second, shooting black and white would be not only cheaper, but also a lot of fun.

Are there any DP’s out there who could confirm that shooting black and white gives better depth of field?

Anyway, here, in no particular order, some modern day black and white films I love.



The Last Picture Show

The Barber – The Man Who Wasn’t There

La Haine

Schindler’s List

Raging Bull

Broadway Danny Rose

Elephant Man

Ed Wood


About kartiksingh

I have been living in Paris, France since 1996. I was born to Sikh parents who immigrated to the USA. I grew up outside of Kansas City, and at 18 went to Washington DC with the intention of becoming a diplomat. Five years later, I arrived in Paris and found my life purpose: to make films that bring hope, insight, and inspiration to the world. My debut feature film Callback premieres in September 2010 in New York. For more details on where you can see my films, look for me at
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2 Responses to My Black and White Favorites

  1. kartiksingh says:

    I need to add one to this – one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time, Anton Corbijn’s Control – shot in 35mm black and white cinemascope. It is gorgeous!

  2. daveed says:

    You know, it’s such a visually rich film, I forgot Ed Wood was shot in b/w. I also liked how Wings of Desire looked (though I’m not crazy about the film) as well as the b/w sequences in Pleasantville. The best I’ve seen is Pi.

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