I’m sick of hearing younger folks give short shrift to films merely because they are black and white.
“I don’t watch Black and white movies… they suck”
Many brilliant films were filmed in this glorious method. And most of them hold up today.
In order to bust ignorance and prejudices against films which are not watched for merely being black and white
I invite those Dopers who have this prejudice to watch and discuss the film of the week. Of course fans are more than welcome to gush on these great features.
I wish to start with the Comedy Classic Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
This is a film in which colour would ruin the mood and feel of many of its scenes more specifically in the famous fictional War Room (rumoured to be the first place Regan wanted to see upon becoming President).
The pace of the comedy is not frantic but the lunacy of the characters and situation guarantee a few strong laughs especially in Peter Sellers three characters. The politics and technology may be out of date but the themes hold up well.
No one can deny that the final scene Slim Pickens is in is one of the most memorable in film history. This is not meant to be a slag but for years that image seemed to me to sum up what an American is.
Not the destroyer but the cowboy who will do his damndest to see something through no matter what the odds against him and will let you know he has succeeded and enjoys it.
There are so many funny lines that are thrown out that it takes more than one viewing to catch them and of course George C Sott’s performance is down right hilarious, especially when he gives his answer on the crews chances of getting through despite the entire soviet Defence.
I ask for people to view this masterpiece of black comedy and respond.