The Black and White World of El Conde

Explore the origins of El Conde's unique look

“Everything has already been done, every story has been told, every scene has been shot. It’s our job to do it one better.” This quote by the great Stanley Kubrick kept spinning in my head while we were watching Pablo Larraín’s dark comedy, “El Conde”. It isn’t like no one does black-and-white films anymore – in fact, three out of the five films nominated for “Best Cinematography” at the upcoming Oscars feature monochromatic sequences. Not even the satiric vampire story is a novel invention (a nod towards Taika Waititi’s “What We Do in the Shadows”). Yet, this dry comedic feature gave me a feeling that they managed to do it “one better”. What’s so special about the black-and-white world of El Conde then? Let’s find out together.

Read the full article at CineD - Satire with Fangs – Exploring the Unique Black-and-White World of El Conde

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