This is not a show about how much Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert hate colorization, Ebert tells us, although they do hate it. No, this is a show about how much the two movie critics love black and white. And to show their love for this kind of cinematography, they fill the program with generous clips of black-and-white movies, old and new. In fact, even the critics themselves appear to us for the first time in black and white. They begin with clips of recent pictures from Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. Each director had to earn the right to make his movie that way. Filming in black and white is something the critics believe that every movie director would love to do. They also compare scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938) with similar scenes from its color remake. And they compare Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in black and white to the same dancing duo in color. They show black-and-white clips from movies in various genres - horror, science ... Written by
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I'll bet there's not a director in Hollywood who wouldn't love the opportunity to shoot in black and white.
I think you're right. It's kind of akin to shooting a Western. Most every director I've talked to said they would love to shoot a Western.
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