For me, Clue and The Black Dahlia are great films that get even better in black-and-white.
What are some for you?
“that get even better in black-and-white.”
Better in black-and-white in terms of how you imagine them??
For example, I appreciate the color in both films I mentioned, but when turning the television to black-and-white, the films seem to fit that mold and seem to even gain a bit from it. Mostly, the B&W enhances the effect of the film.
The filmmaker would kill you if he found out what you were doing.
I know! OMG!
Oh, I see what you’re saying now but turning a film to black and white generally looks gauzy and quite terrible – it doesn’t look like the real black and white. In that sense, I would only be able to guess what The Black Dahlia would look like with rich black and white.
Black Dahlia looks fantastic in black and white, but that’d be the case with virtually any heavily inspired film noir.
BD may look better in BW but it is still a TERRIBLE film.
When I was young the TV set at home was BW so all the films I watched on TV until about 1984 were BW.
Most films improved when seen in BW. When I saw the Winds of War mini series I praised it to a friend and he was not impressed by it. It was then that I realized that because it was a WW2 period piece it worked better in BW than in color. The only reason most films are shot in color is because most people claim they prefer it over BW and not for any creative reason. Matter of fact, I know people who will not watch ANY BW film. Producers take that into account. Maybe that is why since the 90s we have seen so many monochrome color films like Sleepy Hollow and such.
Oh my! Sleepy Hollow in B&W sounds wonderful!
They made video essays to accompany the list.
Once you get past the anachronistic feeling, any monster movie with shitty CGI looks better in black and white (The Mist comes to mind, but I think that on was originally meant to be B&W before the studio said no).