dreaming in black and white, spatial cuts, volatile addictions

Except for some die hard film buffs older black and white movies aren’t that popular. Some of the acting is a little stilted and the special effects suffer in comparison to the Spielberg spectacles, but for me at least they still have their charms. On of my favorites is Hud(1963). The visuals are stunning, James Wong Howe won a best cinematography Oscar for his work on Hud. Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) also comes to mind, as well as some classic American film-noir like The Maltese Falcon – “A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.” – don’t ya just hate gorgeous liars, very conflicting and Casablanca – “You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by..”. I don’t know how many hours I’ve watched black and white films, but as far as I can remember i have never dreamed in black and white, It’s black and white: TV influences your dreams

Only 4.4% of the under-25s’ dreams were black and white. The over-55s who’d had access to colour TV and film during their childhood also reported a very low proportion of just 7.3%.

But the over-55s who had only had access to black-and-white media reported dreaming in black and white roughly a quarter of the time.

“There could be a critical period in our childhood when watching films has a big impact on the way dreams are formed,” she says.

Even though they would have spent only a few hours a day watching TV or films, their attention and emotional engagement would have been heightened during this time, leaving a deeper imprint on their mind.

Too bad the researchers didn’t inquire about how those that dreamed occasionally in black and white, if or how B&W might have enriched their visual senses and appreciation for the arts. Black and white, just because of the limited nature of the contrasts empathizes spatial relationships. If someone takes up digital photography or amateur film making and wonders why after all the reading and practice their compositions lacks unity or narrative, that special look they were aiming for, might consider trying a few projects in black and white. It might help one really see how the objects you’re trying to capture are related.  Two near by colleges start photography students off in black and white. if that’s a general trend among colleges it might explain why modern professional filmmakers and photographers create such astounding compositions when combined with modern film technology. One film they could show as a great example of using lines from architecture and shadows to help define the characters and story’s motif is Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men (2003).

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Leslie Savan’s take on a certain fan base,

The McCain/Palin campaign has indeed become a kind of hillbilly heroin for the masses, or at least for their base. Right now, the GOP ticket has just two things going for it: that a fragile majority of people still believe McCain is better than Obama on national security and terrorism (if on little else), and they’re white. Fear and racism are addictive, and anybody who’s taking them together should never drive heavy machinery like the American electoral process.

She’s right, but the shark vote phenomenom shows that people, many with good intentions, don’t always weigh out the aspects of good governance and vote for the candidate best suited to carry out those objectives. Values in general terms are great, its the specifics that generate viral hate mail.

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