The Jazz Singer from 1927 was the first movie to feature speech. It propelled the filmmaking industry to a new level and quickly made it a paragon for entertainment. Nowadays, black-and-white and silent movies are unjustly stigmatized. Some of them are true cinematic masterpieces that are worth every second of your time. Here are five films that will do more than entertain you, they will show the long-forgotten artistry behind moviemaking.
Start With a Silent Film
Modern Times is a silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. It follows Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character as he struggles in the modern, industrialized world. The movie focused on several issues, which are relevant to this day, including the disparity of wealth during the Great Depression. Modern Times was released in 1936 and was among the first 25 films to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation.
Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is an absolute classic of the filmmaking industry. The movie premiered on November 26, 1942, and instantly became a massive success. To this day, people quote the film regardless of whether they have seen it or not.
Some Like It Hot
The black-and-white romantic comedy, Some Like It Hot, shows to the world that Marilyn Monroe was more than a beautiful face. The talented actress partners up with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon to tell the story of two guys who decide to hide from the mob by posing as women in a female band. The real twist comes when both men fall in love with Monroe’s character – Sugar Kane.
Finish With Two Movies That Have Passed the Test of Time
Alfred Hitchock was already known as the “Master of Suspense” when he released Psycho in 1960. The movie is based on the eponymous 1959 novel by Robert Bloch. It features Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, respectively in the roles of Norman Bates and Marion Crane, and tells the story of a mysterious murder at the Bates Motel.
Citizen Kane premiered in 1941 and almost eight decades later, there are still people who consider it to be the greatest film ever made. While these claims are debatable, one thing is certain – that this Orson Wells’s movie was extremely innovative for its time.
These are only five black-and-white movies among an ocean of productions that offer amazing stories, beautiful acting, and memorable film scores. Watching them is an interesting way to do something new with your significant other, children, or friends, as well as discover the history of moviemaking.