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Should black and white movies be colored?

Today we can do nearly everything. With the help of modern devices and science development many tasks can be performed. But maybe it is better to make some things remain as they are? Reading real books - not ebooks, watching our old black and white movies? What do you think?

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    May 21 2011: I don't see any point in doing something in an inferior manner when there are better ways available.

    Though I was born on the end cusp of generation x. Somebody older may yield an entirely different response.
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        May 22 2011: Clerks is black and white? I swear it was in colour.. Might be two movies by the same name.

        I definitely see how black and white can be used for artistic reasons.
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        May 22 2011: I do not want to watch The Elephant Man or Schindler's List colored. It's like dressing the Greek statue in fashion clothes - idiotism!
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          May 22 2011: Would not care to see the film noir period colourized either.
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    May 21 2011: Helo Liliandr!

    This might be a question where people have really strong opinions but here is mine. I like to see some old movies in their original form - black and white- if they are particular favourites and I have only seen them in that version before (out of habit perhaps). I have, however, seen some old movies that I was seeing for the first time and I really enjoyed the colorized versions especially when there were large ballroom or army scenes where there were costumes. It was just so much more vibrant with the color added.

    I love a good book- they are my constant companions but if I have to travel an ebook is wonderful for taking a whole library and often even when I am at home I will listen to a book on cd as I do housework.

    It may have something to do with nostalgia and generational issues as I notice Dayne's response below. I am sure that Gen X's and younger have no idea why someone would want to pretend the world was black, white and grey when their world has always been alive with colour.

    Great question that explores a lot of issues very subtly!
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      May 21 2011: Great answer, thanx Debra!

      My answer is no however. I would like old movies remain the same, as I can feel its reliability so close to the epoch. Black and white movies have their own features different from the colored ones.
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      May 21 2011: Glad to see you/read you EA!

      I think your point about leaving the originals unaltered is a good one and provides for each person to have the experience they want or need from a work of art.I recently saw pictures of the colours that some of those ancient white statues without the arms which have been white all of our lifetimes originally had (as a recreation from one science of pigment researcher ) and they were actually a shock to my system. It never crossed my mind that they had not always been white! Assumptions again! We were so used to seeing the bleached out ones that the original artists versions were hard to accept. That made me think a lot about expectations and how good art has a way of exploding them and making us see with fresh eyes!
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