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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Haven't seen The Artist yet but the snippets I've seen look very good. I just hope they don't, you know, come out with a 3D colourized version in a few months

    I suspect that we'll see more back-to-the-future cine in the coming years. There has been so much 3D / CG / blue panther nonsense, there have to be some gritty, realistic, confrontational films in the works. Once Hollywood is finished making 3D spectacles out of everything from Star Wars to Gone with the Wind.
    Of course, Keith..the more things change, the more they stayed the same. Same reason why Foo Fighters, who won another Grammy this year, had their latest effort recorded all on analog tape in a garage, with no computer aids whatsoever (unheard of these days), and why vinyl still sounds better than CDs. No matter how ugly it is out there, there is still a very deep appreciation for analogue quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Haven't seen The Artist yet but the snippets I've seen look very good. I just hope they don't, you know, come out with a 3D colourized version in a few months

    I suspect that we'll see more back-to-the-future cine in the coming years. There has been so much 3D / CG / blue panther nonsense, there have to be some gritty, realistic, confrontational films in the works. Once Hollywood is finished making 3D spectacles out of everything from Star Wars to Gone with the Wind.
    Worth a look if you can get at it:

    http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critic..._atlarge_denby

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    Interesting. I haven't seen Pandora's Box. The only b&w film that comes to mind offhand is Metropolis. I guess I need to do some film watching!
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    Interesting. I haven't seen Pandora's Box. The only b&w film that comes to mind offhand is Metropolis. I guess I need to do some film watching!
    On YouTube.

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    Sadly the artist was not shot with B&W film but with Vision 500T Stock and desaturated by digital means. Most Studios can't make B&W Movies because of the stupidity of the Audience, some market don't accept B&W Movies and therefore most B&W movies are shot in color and are later desaturated in post. The results unfortunately do not really look like classic B&W movies because they often lack the silvery look and grittiness grain structure of somthing like Tri-X or Plus-X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximusM3 View Post
    Likely, Keith, except for Hugo. But a silent, black & white, seems surreal.
    It was also shot in a squarish format.

    The movie was shot on Kodak's colour film with Panavision cameras using lenses for some shots that retained historical distortion. It was converted to digital and b/w in post for editing and distribution. According to the cinematographer, they went with the colour film because of the superior grey tonal range available once converted.

    It cost $15 million to make.

    Avatar in 3D was awesome.

    It cost $237 million to make.

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    Most Studios can't make B&W Movies because of the stupidity of the Audience, some market don't accept B&W Movies and therefore most B&W movies are shot in color and are later desaturated in post.

    Huh? Audience stupidity? How would they know(or care)what it was shot on? Haven't seen any protestors outside theatres upset about post b&w. "Good Night and Good Luck" from 2005 was a good looking movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristophanes View Post
    It was also shot in a squarish format.

    The movie was shot on Kodak's colour film with Panavision cameras using lenses for some shots that retained historical distortion. It was converted to digital and b/w in post for editing and distribution. According to the cinematographer, they went with the colour film because of the superior grey tonal range available once converted.

    It cost $15 million to make.

    Avatar in 3D was awesome.

    It cost $237 million to make.
    Remember, a lot of that 237M was lease fees on James Cameron's ego.

    I saw Hugo and the 3-D was very disruptive to the imagery. Cheesy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post

    Huh? Audience stupidity? How would they know(or care)what it was shot on? Haven't seen any protestors outside theatres upset about post b&w. "Good Night and Good Luck" from 2005 was a good looking movie.
    As CGW states, that wasn't shot on B&W film. Problem is, the B&W stocks available are grainier than the 500T stocks, and are slower to boot. So in recent years when someone *does* make a movie that is meant for B&W, they often shoot it on color stock. And I don't think it's necessarily an audience stupidity thing, but more of a studio stupidity assuming audience stupidity thing. If that makes sense

    The last movies that I can recall that were shot on true B&W stock, other than indie ones like Pi, were Schindler's List, and selected scenes from Memento and Casino Royale (the newish Bond movie from the mid 2000's).

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    The Tonal scale is not the same 500t is definetly less grainy than comparable B&W Film but does not have the same tonality. Pi ( Eastman Plus-X 7276 & Tri-X)and other Low Budget movies often use reversal stock resulting again in a different tonality. The comment concerning audience stupidity, ignorance would have been a better word, comes from the fact that the audience in some markets does not accept B&W Movies (market research), I have witnessed it myself after watching Casablanca in a retrospective I heard a lot of complains about the film beeing B&W. The Artist had a lot of problems with its audience as well beeing B&W and silent. see the link unfortunately in german: http://www.moviereporter.de/posts/th...gt-geld-zuruck
    And the studio beeing overly cautious/stupid is another sad fact. La Haine another french film shot in B/W was visually superb. Using real B/W film with max 80 Asa for the Artist would have come closer to the original look of that era that's my only gripe with this otherwise superb film.

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