For my entire life I’ve been watching black and white films. I remember going to school as a young child and not relating to other kids because I didn’t watch what they did. I grew up on Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire moving pictures.
My absolute favorite movie growing up was The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin. It was the first “serious” movie I had ever experienced, it depicted real situations and the true misfortunes of that time. I was five when I first saw it and I still remember how I reacted that first time. It was that movie that fed my curiosity to watch and experience more movies to be exact.
The way that Chaplin made his films were always so captivating. He completely ignored the fourth wall standard, engaging the audience to feel like they’re also a part of the scene. Like he’s trying to talk to you, engage you into the scene. Every time he looked directly at the camera I felt like he wanted my reaction, and I gave one every time.
These movies weren’t the best on production, they didn’t last long on the market, and people forgot them all the time. These movies were a true statement from when they came from, a leisure activity that was to capture your attention for a short amount of time: fleeting.
Movies nowadays are very thrilling, but they don’t have the same charm as black and white movies had. They were simple, elegant, straight-forward. The story wasn’t always the best, the sets might be very cluttered; but they were beautiful in their own way. I never got along with my peers in my younger years, because I loved simple stories and they loved gutted out plots.
Even now, I’m in love with the black and white genre.