What B&W films would you consider visually "beautiful"?

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Arsan444
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Some great choices have been posted. Other films beautifully shot in Black and White:

Sunrise

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The Seventh Seal
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Manhattan

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When in doubt, have another one.
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Oh yes, you are so right about these. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
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norfious wrote: June 26th, 2023, 8:34 pm A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) is probably the most visually stunning films I have ever seen. The soft focus and the exaggerated sparkles used in the scenes in the fairy forest give the setting an ethereal quality and are just gorgeous. Apologies for the low-quality videos. These were the only ones I could find of these particular scenes.



This beautiful film is in dire need of restoration!!! One Austrian and one German director. Ironic, isn't it? The language of Goethe - and producing a wonderful film from a Shakespearean text!!
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"Nazi Agent", Jules Dassin, 1942 photographed by Harry Stradling. I couldn't get the picture to load.
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Allhallowsday wrote: June 26th, 2023, 9:15 pm D.O.A. (1950) San Francisco circa 1949 exteriors night and blazing white sunlight heatwave with the villain implausibly wearing overcoat, scarf, hat...!
It's evocative. Beautiful.

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Speaking of SFO, there's others, but I particularly like DARK PASSAGE (1947) look.
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When I went to buy a new Sony television about 12 years ago, a friend told me to take a DVD of a beautiful black-and-white movie to the shop, to test out how it looked, because many TVs don't show black well. Here are frames of the DVD I took, from one of the most beautiful black-and-white movies.

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I remember watching a black and white Japanese movie on DVD - it was a 1964 film called Onibaba - and being very impressed with its b&w photography.

I also saw it on TCM once, but it wasn't as impressive in that instance as it had been on the DVD viewing.
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Swithin wrote: June 26th, 2023, 9:50 pm When I went to buy a new Sony television about 12 years ago, a friend told me to take a DVD of a beautiful black-and-white movie to the shop, to test out how it looked, because many TVs don't show black well. Here are frames of the DVD I took, from one of the most beautiful black-and-white movies.

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"The Grapes of Wrath", John Ford/Gregg Toland. What a powerful film!! "....there's workin' it, and livin' and dying in it....!!"
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"Adam's Rib". Cukor, 1949. A total masterpiece in glorious black and white:



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Director King Vidor
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Movies are written in sand: applauded today, forgotten tomorrow.
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I was taken aback by the Barrymore Don Juan when I saw it yesterday, with how well it was shot. The wedding bells scene in particular was a very memorable shot.
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A beautiful-looking film, with stunning performances all round. James Dunn here in the most moving scene in the film. Beautifully lit.

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