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10 stylish contemporary black and white films

We know that black and white cinema is not always what was filmed in the middle of the last century. Nowadays, enough films are made using this expressive contrasting visual aesthetics, which fills the plot with a special mood or sensuality, cutting off everything unnecessary. Introducing 10 beautiful contemporary black and white films whose beauty and style have a bewitching effect.

The Artist (2011)
Stylish contemporary black and white films: The Artist, 2011

France, Belgium, dir. Michelle Hazanavicius

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller.

The triumphant of the 2010-2011 award season and the expected Oscar winner, who eventually took as many as 5 figurines. An expressive and musical film about George Valentine, whose stellar career ends with the era of silent cinema, and the flowering of sound cinema begins, in which Peppy Miller shines madly in love with him.

Angel-A (2005)
Stylish modern black and white films: Angel-A (Angel-A), 2005

France, dir. Luc Besson

Cast: Jamel Debbouz, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Ryabukin, Akim Shir.

Having lent huge amounts to banks and gangsters, Andre sees suicide as the easiest way out of the situation in which he has fallen. On the bridge over the Seine, he sees a beautiful girl, who is also going to rush into the river, and saves her. After listening to the story of Andre, she promises to help him.

“The Girl on the Bridge” (La fille sur le pont), 1999
Stylish modern black and white films: “Girl on the Bridge” (La fille sur le pont), 1999

France, dir. Patrice Leconte

Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Otoy.

Adele is a restless and confused girl, Gabor is a middle-aged knife thrower. A story filled with symbolism about two lonely people, lost and desperate, but who once found each other on the bridge.

Pleasantville (1998)
Stylish contemporary black and white films: Pleasantville, 1998

USA, dir. Gary ross

Cast: Toby Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Paul Walker.

One of the cult films of the 90s, combining this era and the 50s, as well as a vibrant color and stylish black and white. Young David loves the Pleasantville television show, whose characters live in the 50s. In love at this time, David sometimes dreams of being there, getting rid of the mischief-sister who is poisoning his life. Having become the owner of a strange television remote control, together with his sister, he suddenly moves to Pleasantville. Now the children of the 90s will have to merge into this bewitching black and white retro atmosphere.

“Control” (2007)
Stylish modern black and white films: “Control” (Control), 2007

United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Japan, dir. Anton Corbane

Cast: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, James Pearson.

A biographical picture of the last few years of the life of the lead singer of the post-punk band Joy Division, Jena Curtis, who committed suicide in 1980.

“Sweet Frances” (Frances Ha), 2012
Stylish modern black and white films: “Sweet Frances” (Frances Ha), 2012

USA, dir. Noah Baumbuck

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Miki Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Segen.

Francis lives in New York and works in a dance studio. An infantile dreamer, frivolous, immature, though no longer a teenager, but very sincere and disposing. Francis’s life is filled with endless conversations and dreams, which are becoming increasingly unrealizable every day.

The creative performance of Noah Baumbak and Greta Gerwig, presented at the Cannes Film Festival, brought the then little-known indie movie actress a nomination for the Golden Globe and world fame.

Sin City, 2005
Stylish modern black and white films: Sin City, 2005

USA, dir. Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro.

A screen version of Frank Miller’s graphic novels, a crime thriller that was equally well received by both viewers and critics. The black and white styling of the picture gave the film a special mood, and at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival “Sin City” received the “Technical Grand Prix” for the original visual solution.

“Coffee and Cigarettes”, 2003
Stylish modern black and white films: “Coffee and Cigarettes”, 2003

USA, dir. Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigny, Steve Buscemi, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray.

The film combines 11 short short stories in which the characters communicate with each other, make fun and argue to the point of insanity. Naturally, conversations take place under coffee and cigarettes …

Jealousy (La jalousie), 2013
Stylish modern black and white films: “Jealousy” (La jalousie), 2013

France, dir. Philip Garrell

Cast: Louis Garrel, Anna Muglalis, Rebecca Convenan, Olga Milstein, Esther Garrel.

Louis leaves his wife and little daughter for Claudia. They are both actors working in the theater, but for Claudia there are no roles, she is afraid that Louis will leave her.

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