Black and White in Color
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Top Customer Reviews
Black and White in Color tells the story of a motley group of Frenchmen, including a few shopkeepers, at a colonial outpost in Africa who learn belatedly that World War I is underway. Since a German outpost, with three Germans, is just a few miles away, La Gloire and honor dictate an attack. Of course, the real fighting will be done by hastily recruited natives on both sides. The fort's young teacher, Hubert Fresnoy (Jacques Spieser) had heard that there is a sensible German and says he wants to try to negotiate. With La Gloire, that would be impossible. The shopkeepers demand French honor be sustained with an immediate attack on the Germans with whom they'd been trading (and unknowingly sharing their wives) just days before.
And off they go. The shopkeepers, two priests and two wives are carried in palanquins by natives. The hastily recruited and untrained native soldiers are armed with old rifles and some slightly damp powder. They're led by the tired and realistic Sergeant Bosselet (Jean Carmet) only three years from retirement. The teacher reluctantly tags along. And they all -- well, the whites -- stop for a picnic just before the battle starts. War, they appreciate, can be great fun as well as a source of great pride. Unfortunately, the Germans have machine guns.Read more ›
It is a satire on colonialism and, generally does well in that arena. The synopsis is that WWI breaks out in Europe and the word reaches the small enclaves of French and German neighboring territories in equatorial Africa. Each of the two colonies involved seems to have less than 10 actual French of Germans in their midst. It would have been easy enough to say "To heck with the war, we'll sit this one out". But no, someone gets the idea to act quickly and take over the other. What to use for troops? Well, that's where the native Africans come in. By playing out this story with such small numbers, the director/writer Jean J. Annaud is able to demonstrate the obvious; the victimization of the aboriginals in an event they have no stake in. This is well-coupled with the apparent oblivious attitude of the Europeans who give themselves all credit for success, when it occurs.
I admit that I was hoping for a bit more than I got but I am glad, after all the years, that I was finally able to see "Black and White in Color". There are a lot of great foreign language movies out there and this is certainly one that's worth the price of admission.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful comedy full of irony and just as funny as when I saw it many,many years ago.Published 16 months ago by Leonor Y. Wenger
I am not sure if I had seen "Black and White in Color" when the film was new in the theatres but I enjoyed it none the less. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Edward A. Williams
...so stupid that it leads to war. With a pinch of religion too. Well done.
Once again, Jean Carmet contributes to this portrayal of a selfishly narrow-minded element of... Read more
To tell you the truth, I had to watch this movie multiple times to understand what was so funny about it, since it was a satirical. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Kev
Somewhat familiar, but often very funny anti-war, anti-imperialist satire/farce.
A motley bunch of French, holding down a colonial fort in Africa, discover that WWI has... Read more
This farce creates characters which are too easy to lampoon, and has few moments of real humor. Good idea for a movie, but a lot of dragging parts, not well realized, and doesn't... Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by EugeSchu
A great anti war film...short and to the point.Great acting and story.
Best Foreign Film Oscar© winner, 1976's BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR (Home Vision Entertainment)is set in... Read more
I bought this dvd mainly for the bonus movie Sky Above Mud Below. I've been looking for a release of this on dvd for some time. Read morePublished on May 7, 2007 by BareOpera