This cost a little extra because of the period setting and the requirement to shoot in black and white. The Tell-Tale Heart was chosen as one of the 15 best British B films created between World War II and 1970 by cinema historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane. It has been described as "one of the most chilling stories ever told on film".
The filmmakers wanted to create a feeling of mystery and horror surrounding the main character so that viewers would feel like they were there with him during his fateful journey into madness.
Black and white photography allows for more subtle changes in lighting and color than if the film were shot in color, which would have shown every detail of heartbreak lying in wait around each corner. Director Sam Raimi said about making the film in black and white: "It's an old technique that gives you more room for imagination and terror."
Tell-Tale Heart was released in 1990 to critical acclaim and became a popular movie among horror fans.
After its success, Sam Raimi went on to direct the Spider-Man series of movies and Ivan Reitman started making Red Dead Revolver films. However these aren't black and white movies either; they're mostly shot in color.
There are only two other horror movies from the 1980s that are actually shot in black and white: Clockstoppers and The Hunger.
The Great Escape, on the other hand, was shot in color and in the new, more broader style that war films began to assume in the 1960s. It is not known what director John Sturges intended to do with this film, but it is likely that he wanted to make a patriotic movie similar to Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Sturges' only previous feature-length film was The Magnificent Seven, which starred Yul Brynner as a gunslinger who helps seven farmers fight off a gang of thieves. That film was very successful and led to several others being made in the same series. The Great Escape features many similarities to this earlier film, including a group of criminals who rob a castle (in this case, a prison), only to find themselves trapped with their hostages during an outbreak of violence between Germany and America.
However, unlike The Magnificent Seven, which was set in Mexico, The Great Escape takes place at a British prisoner-of-war camp near Buckinghamshire. The film tells the story of eight men who plan to escape from their incarceration by rigging a car with explosives. Although all of the prisoners participate in the plot, only four will go through with it.
White Hunter with a Black Heart (1990) A partially dramatized narrative of a great film director whose urge to chase down an animal leads to a disastrous situation with his film team in Africa.
The movie stars Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone and Meryl Streep. It was directed by John Huston and written by Peter Morgan.
About the story: An American filmmaker goes to Africa to make a documentary on the African lion. But when he arrives, he finds out that someone has killed one of the lions on his list. So he decides to take another lion off the list. This game becomes a matter of life and death for the photographer who is working with him.
Director John Huston wanted to make this movie because he believed that it wasn't being done well enough at the time. The original script was written by Peter Morgan -- who later went on to write The Queen and The Hunger Games -- and it's based on true events. In addition to directing this movie, John Huston also wrote and produced it along with his wife, actress Ana María Vojvodich. They bought the rights to the book White Hunter, Black Heart: A Story of Love, Death, and Real Life in Africa' from which the movie is made.
All three locations were represented as being in the same structure for dramatic effect. Clooney and producer Grant Heslov made the decision to use exclusively archive video of Joseph McCarthy in their portrayal. The color palette of the picture was influenced by the fact that all of the footage was black-and-white. Director George Clooney explained this decision: "It's a very effective way to show how far Joe McCarthy went. You can see how far he would go to destroy people's lives. We wanted to show that, even after he knew it wasn't true, he kept going."
McCarthy was a senator from Massachusetts who chaired the Committee on Governmental Affairs. His career spanned the years 1950 to 1957. He is best known for his role in investigating alleged Communist influences in the United States government.
The film uses 1,001 clips from the McCarthy era to tell the story of his life. It covers his rise to power, the effects of his tactics on innocent people, and his eventual defeat. The movie also features appearances by some of the most famous names of the time, such as Roy Cohn, Howard Hughes, and David Ormsby-Gore.
In addition to being an influential politician, McCarthy was also a radio broadcaster who ran for president in 1948. He gained attention when he began accusing then-President Harry S. Truman of being a communist sympathizer.