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8 May 1977 (USA) See more »
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French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Jean Carmet ... Sergeant Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho ... Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel ... Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ... Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ... Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory ... Assomption
Peter Berling ... Père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan ... Barthelmy
Claude Legros ... Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ... Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop ... Lamartine
Jacques Monnet ... Père Simon
Dieter Schidor ... Kraft
Aboubakar Toine ... Fidele
Marc Zuber ... Major Anglais
Mamadou Koulibaly
Helmut Fiker
Klaus Huebl ... Haussmann
Natou Koly ... Charlotte
Bertin Kouakou
T. Kouao ... John
Jean-François N'Guessan ... Marius
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Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
 
Writing credits
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Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Georges Conchon 

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Giorgio Silvagni .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pierre Bachelet 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Agostini 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
 
Set Decoration by
Max Douy 
 
Makeup Department
Gisèle Jacquin .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Cheminal .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alain Curvelier .... sound
 
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer
 

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Also Known As:
"Noirs et blancs en couleur" - Ivory Coast (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The original French title of this movie was "La Victoire en Chantant" (Victory, as she sings), the first line of the famous patriotic song "Le chant du Départ" (The Farewell Hymn), written in 1794 during the French Revolution and nicknamed "the Marseillaise's twin". The untranslatable title became "Black and White in Colour" which was later re-translated literally.See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
And the officer wasn't even British, 6 August 1999
Author: Brabo from Antwerp, Belgium

Fall of 1914. French and Germans, living in colonies side by side (Togo or Cameroon, take your pick), feel compelled to be at war with each other since that is what's happening back home, too. Naively and almost playfully at first, until the game starts getting uglier and they experience the horror of casualties nobody had really wanted. Both sides get professional help and they become hardened by the everyday routine (the Germans winning, because their officer studied in Heidelberg...)and start killing each other more efficiently, until finally the war ends and the British arrive to restore law and order in the territories. The long column of British troops, all Africans and Asians, is led by one junior officer on horseback - who when his face is eventually revealed, turns out to be Indian.

Annaud shot the film in the Ivory Coast, then a very staunchly pro-French country. He refused to show anybody the script and pretended he was shooting a very different type of movie. At the gala premiere performance in Abidjan, when the French officials realized the entire picture was a spoof on French colonial policies, they walked out, much to the embarrassment of the Ivorians, who were just as unaware of what Annaud had been up to...

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