Not »Without a Color«, but Black & White
An essay on the new trend of Black & White films.
The author defines contemporary
black and white films as a separate artistic genre. He
also draws a distinction between the films that were made
by abstaining from color and real black and white movies.
Inspired by the visualization of the Croatian independent
film Mondo Bobo, he analyses the visual values of
its black and white film photography, comparing it with
the photography of The Third Woman. The origin of
its high contrast is explained, while composition, its
problems and role are discussed, as well as the stylizing
possibilities of graphics on film.
Also, the creative possibilities of the
use of color contrast in the contemporary cinema film are
reexamined, and by analogy the importance of black and
white contrast for the expressiveness of black and white
film photography. Referring to Eisenstein’s essays Not colored film, but color film and Color
film, the author considers the possibilities of establishing
the color film as a genre. He argues for the authors’
color films of artistic (visual) ambitions that are, above
all, the result of a cooperation between a director and
The essay is commemorative and it is dedicated to Sergej
Mihailovič Eisenstein (28. February 1898 — 11. February
1948), who was a real supporter of strong rhetoric on film.