I’ve been watching some older movies this last week and several of them were black & white. Back in the 30’s and 40’s, black & white was fairly common. Into the 50’s and 60’s it was still there but getting rare. But by the 80’s and 90’s nobody was making black and white movies anymore.
The exception, of course, is all the directors who were (and are) using black and white film for “artistic” effect. Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Kevin Smith have all gone “retro” in at least one movie.
Offhand, the last movie I could name that seemed to have been made in B&W for commercial rather than artistic reasons was Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Can anyone think of later examples?
Was there some specific process that was invented that marked the watershed or was it a gradual evolution?
And on a related note, have there been any TV series since the mid-70’s that emulated the directors I mentioned above and were recorded in black and white for artistic reasons?