The Eye of Cinema: Stunning B&W Cinematography

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Cinema is a visual medium, therefore it should first and foremost be regarded as such. Unfortunately however, very few filmmakers have taken their camera's point-of-view seriously. Cinematography is not simply about capturing great looking images here and there, cinematography is an understanding of framing, movement, angles, light, space, and how these elements are composed throughout the film. It’s an art of observation and perception. It takes a great eye to be a great photographer, however it takes both a great eye and a great mind to be a great cinematographer. Great cinematography isn't simply about knowing how to compose a wonderful image, it's knowing how to compose an entire scene, entire film, not merely for the sake of bringing the script to the screen, but also to visually captive the viewer in doing so. These films represent some of the finest cinema has to offer in black & white.

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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    Mujô

    1970 — a.k.a. This Transient Life, in 4 top lists Check
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    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 14 top lists Check
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    1963, in 31 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
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    Ivanovo detstvo

    1962 — a.k.a. Ivan's Childhood, in 11 top lists Check
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    Hadaka no shima

    1960 — a.k.a. The Naked Island, in 5 top lists Check
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    Kawaita hana

    1964 — a.k.a. Pale Flower, in 5 top lists Check
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    Erosu purasu gyakusatsu

    1969 — a.k.a. Eros + Massacre, in 3 top lists Check
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    Tobenai chinmoku

    1966 — a.k.a. Silence Has No Wings, in 2 top lists Check
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    Suna no onna

    1964 — a.k.a. Woman in the Dunes, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tanin no kao

    1966 — a.k.a. The Face of Another, in 6 top lists Check
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    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
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    Neotpravlennoe pismo

    1960 — a.k.a. Letter Never Sent, in 3 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    Ansatsu

    1964 — a.k.a. Assassination, in 1 top list Check
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    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 22 top lists Check
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    La notte

    1961 — a.k.a. The Night, in 13 top lists Check
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    L'eclisse

    1962 — a.k.a. Eclipse, in 12 top lists Check
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    Rengoku eroica

    1970 — a.k.a. Heroic Purgatory, in 1 top list Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    Seppuku

    1962 — a.k.a. Harakiri, in 13 top lists Check
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    Le procès

    1962 — a.k.a. The Trial, in 9 top lists Check
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    Yabu no naka no kuroneko

    1968 — a.k.a. Kuroneko, in 6 top lists Check
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    Soy Cuba

    1964 — a.k.a. I Am Cuba, in 14 top lists Check
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    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Sansho the Bailiff, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1961 — a.k.a. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer, in 7 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 top lists Check
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    Otoshiana

    1962 — a.k.a. Pitfall, in 4 top lists Check
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    Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

    1960 — a.k.a. The Bad Sleep Well, in 5 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
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    Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

    1969 — a.k.a. Double Suicide, in 4 top lists Check
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    Jôen

    1967 — a.k.a. The Affair, in 0 top lists Check
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    Onna no mizûmi

    1966 — a.k.a. Woman of the Lake, in 2 top lists Check
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    Akahige

    1965 — a.k.a. Red Beard, in 7 top lists Check
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    Shitô no densetsu

    1963 — a.k.a. Legend of a Duel to the Death, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kumonosu-jô

    1957 — a.k.a. Throne of Blood, in 17 top lists Check
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    Campanadas a medianoche

    1965 — a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight, in 12 top lists Check
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    Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke

    1965 — a.k.a. Samurai Spy, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kedamono no ken

    1965 — a.k.a. Sword of the Beast, in 2 top lists Check
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    Uta

    1972 — a.k.a. Poem, in 2 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 19 top lists Check
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    Spalovac mrtvol

    1969 — a.k.a. Cremator, in 7 top lists Check
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    Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie

    1965 — a.k.a. The Saragossa Manuscript, in 7 top lists Check
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    Shura

    1971 — a.k.a. Demons, in 4 top lists Check
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