Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert appear for the first time in beautiful black and white to demonstrate their love for black-and-white movies.


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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 J. Spurlin

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20 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Roger Ebert: Do not adjust your set. There's nothing wrong with it. Gene and I are also in black and white this week for a special program that we're calling "Hail, Hail Black and White."
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