Why do people still make films in black-and-white? Once Dorothy was transported to Oz in glorious Technicolor, the film format felt relegated to a bygone era. And yet, monochrome remains an essential choice for filmmakers with specific artistic visions. It’s experiencing a recent resurgence too, with movies like ‘Roma’ and ‘The Artist’ and filmmakers like Ben Wheatley, Alexander Payne and Pawel Pawlikowski showcasing the form in all its gorgeousness, nostalgia and (occasionally) menace. We’ve picked 31 of the best of the best black-and-white films from recent years. Some you’ll know – one or two you may not. Our tip? Hunt them down and bathe in the shadows.
BYLINES Tom Huddleston, Joshua Rothkopf, Phil de Semlyen
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