Essential B&W Indies From the ’90s

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BLACK AND WHITE-01-01Essential B&W Indies From the ’90s

Still image from the film The American Astronaut

The 1990s were among the prime decades for arthouse cinema and many filmmakers—seasoned and emerging—chose a black-and-white aesthetic for their feature films. Some of these have become seminal works and continue to be referenced, like Béla Tarr’s Satantango (1994), which is receiving a 4K restoration and 2018 re-release. In addition to the directors featured in this series, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Steven Soderbergh, Julie Brown, Darren Aronofsky, Patrice Leconte, Rose Troche, Walter Salles, Alexandre Rockwell, Kenneth Branagh, John Boorman, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, and Andrzej Wajda all worked with black-and-white celluloid in the ’90s. This series represents only a taste of the otherworlds created with this irreplaceable medium.