Black and white on purpose: 1970 - 2017 and beyond.

Movies where B&W cinematography is an aesthetic choice, after the industry standard was 100% color. Suggestions welcome!

I think I'm only going to do feature-length titles, because the B&W decision is so much easier to make in non-commercial contexts. Movies that alternate between black and white and color (to separate two narrative lines or for other reasons) aren't included, though sometimes it pains me. (8/30/2019: Right now, I am tentatively beginning to include films that are less than 100% B&W, but I haven't made a final decision yet and want to give it some in-depth thought some day when I have time.)

Some shorts, though:
Recess (Kiarostami, 1972)
Le Paysigiste/Mindscape (Jacques Drouin, 1976)
Une Generation (Philippe Grandrieux, 1982)
Umieranko/A Little…

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  • The Penal Colony

    1

  • The Pig

    2

  • Days and Nights in the Forest

    3

  • Witchhammer

    4

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    5

  • The Wild Child

    6

  • Pasión dominguera

    7

  • Multiple Maniacs

    8

  • A Família do Barulho

    9

  • Samskara

    10

  • Even Dwarfs Started Small

    11

  • The Coffee House

    12

  • Quiet Days in Clichy

    13

  • The Man Who Left His Will on Film

    14

  • Dällebach Kari

    15

  • Goin' Down the Road

    16

  • Gods of the Plague

    17

  • Case for a Rookie Hangman

    18

  • Stick It in Your Ear

    19

  • This Transient Life

    20

  • Barbara

    21

  • Loving Memory

    22

  • Reconstruction

    23

  • Heroic Purgatory

    24

  • The American Soldier

    25

  • Pratidwandi

    26

  • Live Today, Die Tomorrow!

    27

  • San Domingo

    28

  • Mosaico

    29

  • There Once Was a Singing Blackbird

    30

  • Dastak

    31

  • Crazy Love

    32

  • Duffer

    33

  • Kabhi Dhoop Kabhi Chhaon

    34

  • Door Ka Raahi

    35

  • The Long Farewell

    36

  • One Day Before the Rainy Season

    37

  • Adrift on the Nile

    38

  • Anubhav

    39

  • Chhadmabeshi

    40

  • Love

    41

  • Demons

    42

  • Poompatta

    43

  • Trial on the Road

    44

  • C.I.D. Nazir

    45

  • The Slightest Gesture

    46

  • Dhanni Meye

    47

  • Cuadecuc, Vampir

    48

  • Basic Training

    49

  • Odette Robert

    50

  • Officers

    51

  • Inn of Evil

    52

  • What Did You Do in the War, Thanassi?

    53

  • Company Limited

    54

  • Y que patatín, y que patatán

    55

  • Summer in the City

    56

  • The Last Picture Show

    57

  • The Telephone Book

    58

  • Na Boca da Noite

    59

  • The Salamander

    60

  • Jangan Tinggal Daku

    61

  • Laksamana Do Re Mi

    62

  • Letter from the Wife

    63

  • Fragments of an Alms-Film

    64

  • The Leopard

    65

  • A Cuban Fight Against Demons

    66

  • I Am a Son of America

    67

  • Tomorrow

    68

  • Nathalie Granger

    69

  • Ponnunnjal

    70

  • The Society of the Spectacle

    71

  • The Stone Wedding

    72

  • A River Called Titas

    73

  • The Mother and the Whore

    74

  • Paper Moon

    75

  • Through and Through

    76

  • The Dupes

    77

  • Coup d'Etat

    78

  • Descomedidos y chascones

    79

  • Nirmalyam

    80

  • Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave

    81

  • Reason, Debate and a Story

    82

  • The Traveler

    83

  • 27 Down

    84

  • The Man Who Sleeps

    85

  • Aval Oru Thodar Kathai

    86

  • Alice in the Cities

    87

  • Effi Briest

    88

  • Dale nomás

    89

  • Lust for Gold

    90

  • Lenny

    91

  • Femmes femmes

    92

  • Les Hautes solitudes

    93

  • Young Frankenstein

    94

  • Wedding Trough

    95

  • Je, tu, il, elle

    96

  • What Shall I Do With This Sword?

    97

  • Restricted Area

    98

  • An Angel Passes

    99

  • Prayanam

    100