Even though color film opened all new doors in the world of movie-making, many modern directors still see the benefit of filming in the original black and white. These directors use this style of filming to create a specific mood or convey the aesthetic of bygone eras. Among these modern projects, the best black and white films are highly stylized, well-written, and deeply rooted in particular historical moments.
The critically acclaimed dramatized biopic Schindler's List is a film adaptation of Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally. It tells the fascinating story of Oskar Schindler, a man who secretly saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust of WWII.
The critically acclaimed 1993 film starred Liam Neeson in the title role, arguably one of his most iconic performances outside the action genre. Director Steven Spielberg shot the film in black and white to better match historical footage from that era, and Schindler's List went on to win an impressive seven Academy Awards.