Mask of Satan
... and other movies with GREAT black and white film imagery.
Yes - they're movies. But some have some amazing black and white cinematography. Can you learn from them? I think so - especially composition and lighting. I thought of this today as I watched an old horror Italian horror flick called "Mask of Satan" also known as "Black Sunday" as it was released in the US in the early 60's. It's was the first film by director, Mario Bava. Bava was a painter and life-long cinematographer before he got the chance to direct this, his first flick, at the age of 46. He went on to have a long career pioneering the modern slasher films back in the 60s (known as "giallo" - Italian for "yellow" films) but those were shot in color (and he used color magnifcently). However, Mask of Satan, was shot in black and white - absolutely stunningly so.
Other black (and white) beauties - though there are many, many...that immediately come to mind from the world of cinema include:
- Girl on a Bridge (French flick shot in the late 90's)
- Night of the Hunter (only film directed by Charles Laughton)
- Any episode of the original Outer Limits science fiction series (every third episode were lensed by Conrad Hall but the others were just as visually interesting...)
Any other stand-out black and white'ers in the movies, feel free to add/recommend.