‘Cold War’: Why Black and White Was Essential For This Story of Love and Oppression

It’s not often that we get two gorgeous black-and-white movies in the same year.

Yet with “Roma” and “Cold War,” we can feast on two very different monochromatic (and digital) gems.But while Alfonso Cuarón (serving as his own cinematographer) created a new large-format aesthetic with his childhood recollection, Pawel Pawlikowski and cinematographer Lukasz Zal expanded the boundaries of a more familiar aesthetic with their exploration of love and landscapes.Read More: The Best Cinematography of 2018Loosely inspired by the lives of Pawlikowski’s parents, who met in Poland during the ’50s, “Cold War” tells the tempestuous love story of musical director Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and free-spirited young singer Zula (Joanna Kulig).

The attraction of opposites during a time of great oppression results in a dance of light and shadow that can only be achieved in black-and-white.“We were initially afraid of repeating ourselves after ‘Ida,’ shooting in black-and-white

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