The Arts in Movies: Whatever Happened to Black and White?

Mast, Gerald
August 1975
New Republic;8/30/75, Vol. 173 Issue 9, p21
Observes that the decision to use monochrome for a motion picture has become calculated and special. Author's explanation that films are worth more money to television if they are color films; View that black-and-white films on television are not a stylish evocation of the texture of the past but a reminder of the old-fashioned junk that nobody wants to see anymore; Author's observation that black-and-white is a medium of unities and contrasts while color is a medium of individuation and proliferation; Reason why Alfred Hitchcock made "Psycho" in black-and-white.


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