Black And White In Colour (Noirs Et Blancs En Couleur) (1976)

JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Ivory Coast/France/West Germany/Switzerland1976. Artco-Film, France 3 Cinéma, Reggane Films, Smart Film Produktion, Société Française de Production, Société Ivoirienne de Cinema.  Screenplay by Jean-Jacques Annaud, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1976.  

This delightfully absurd comedy has French colonials in 1914 North Africa prove their patriotism by making war with their German neighbours:  after all, they’re at war in Europe, so they initiate what is at first a fun battle of wits that escalates into full-scale conflict.  Things get really serious when the French recruit African natives into their little army.  Beautifully photographed and full of memorably deranged characters, this terrific film by Jean-Jacques Annaud uses a microcosm as a humorous exercise on the nature and folly of colonialism, racism and war itself.

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