In light of the discussion taking place on another thread re: Dream Sequence (and I think it is really great that people here do not always share the same opinion! , I wondered if other folk here could list their top b & w films. I'll start off with my 'monochromatic masterpieces'.
1. It's a Wonderful Life 2. The Elephant Man 3. Schindler's List 4. Goodnight and Goodluck 5. Roman Holiday
A Streetcar Named Desire On the Waterfront (actually almost every black and white Marlon Brando film ;D ) The Lady from Shangai, The Maltese Falcon and a couple of more film noirs. Citizen Kane Rumble Fish
Someone mentioned The LADY EVE, you betcha; Preston Sturges at full speed! But, I have to mention my fave Pre-Code, a Lubitsch Touch masterpiece; TROUBLE IN PARADISE. This charmer from 1932, has been called "Sparkling; Sophistcated; Elegant; Brilliant; Smooth; Shimmering, etc." # A phony Baron meets a phony Countess and a "moon in the champagne" dinner leads to mutual pick pocketing, and mutual admiration; "Darling!" "My little pickpocket!" A sleek, incredibly suave Herbert Marshall, joins with kittenish Miriam Hopkins to fleece wealthy perfume widow Kay Francis. She falls for "Gaston" and to Hopkins dismay, he starts to fall for her. Suave maneuvers and magical switcheroos result. All, light as a feather. # Fine screenplay and *very* witty direction. Watch for opening opera singing garbage gondolier, "Ole Sole Mio.." Charlie Ruggles and E.E. Horton join in the fun. 4+ Stars