Today with video streaming and social networks, young people are less exposed to classic films. For a millennial, watching an old movie would mean watching Clueless or The Breakfast Club but you have no idea what you’re truly missing out on. Before you start proclaiming “I don’t like black-and-white films”, take a look at this list of movies and at least, pick one to enjoy. And yes, these movies are devoid of colour. (gasps!) Come on now, these films need your attention to be truly appreciated so turn off your phones and turn down the light to enjoy these classics!
1) Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca is an undisputed masterpiece and a quintessential statement on love and romance. With career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this is one of the most beloved American movies of all time. It is one of the most magnetic screen pairings in history. A timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with wit and humor is a definite must-watch. If you don’t watch any other movies in this list, at least watch this movie. Consider it as a rite of passage.
2) La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Dolce Vita literally translates to “the sweet life”. This iconic film shows what it’s like to live life to the fullest over half a century before “YOLO” came about. This film was shot way before our time and still, turned out be an oblique reflection of the coming years. The story follows the life of a reporter who writes for a gossip magazine and it documents the unfulfilled life of a writer which directly echos the sheer boredom that today’s 21st century millennials face.
3) Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane is downright brilliant – from the enchanting performances to the meticulously planned camera movements, all of it makes it a stunning achievement in all areas of filmmaking. The storyline is deceptively simple on the pitfalls of unbridled capitalism and greed in America. It is a reflection on how the American Dream can become dark and twisted.
4) Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn is probably mostly known for her role in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, but she had an impressive career before that. In her most captivating award winning performance, Audrey Hepburn played a princess who wants to live her life to the fullest and it is one of her most endearing characters on screen. This is one of the most charming black and white films ever made.
5) All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve is a feminist film in more than one way. It is not your typical finding the right man kind of flick. It features strong female characters and highlights the sexism faced by actresses in the film industry. Though it was filmed in the 50s, the writing and storyline is more progressive than any of today’s modern feminist movies. This movie is eminently worth watching because of its satirical touches in its script and of course, the performance of Bette Davis.
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