If you are a reader of my blog you may know that one of my favorite cinematographers is Roger Deakins. He has shot some of my all time favorite movies. One of the films he shot for the Coen Brothers was “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. It is a black and white film but it was actually shot in color and then converted to black and white in post production to retain more control over the process. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” was also shot in the same way.
Cinematographer Steven Poster explains the reasoning behind shooting on color stock vs. black and white:
I managed to get ahold of the original color version of the movie. So here is the original color print next to the final black and white print for your comparison enjoyment.
Even in color the cinematography is superb. I don’t know how many cinematographers can nail that.