Is black-and-white back?
This year has seen so many black-and-white films, it’s like the old technique has become a new trend. “The reality of making a black-and-white film,” says Greta Gerwig, the star and co-writer of Frances Ha, “is that someone might buy it to distribute it after it was made, but no one would go tell you to make a black-and-white movie with their money.”
In the Fresh Air interview with Noah Baumbach (the director of Frances Ha) he talked about his choice to film in black and white:
Shooting [in black and white] in New York helped me … see the city with new eyes, I think. Also there was something about black and white that makes the movie almost immediately nostalgic.
"It’s a very contemporary story, and Frances is such a contemporary character. … [Y]ou never know [when you reach] that moment when [something is] over, and I think that black and white in some ways sort of underscores that. It adds this sort of sense of past to something that’s happening very much in the present."