Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tetro - Black & White

Tetro is not only probably maybe going to be shown in Cannes (rumors about that are everywhere and I think it is likely), it also will be in black and white.

While perusing the news on Variety, I came across an article looking at the prospective line-up at the Cannes Film Festival this year, which I will be attending. In the article, author Todd McCarthy lists all of the big American and foreign directors that will most likely be showing up at the festival in France with their films. One of them is Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, who is back again this year with a new film called Tetro. The last time we heard anything about this project was way back in 2007, when it was first announced. The most interesting update is that Tetro is actually going to be in black and white.

You see, I have a wonderful love for gorgeous modern day black and white films - like Medicine for Melancholy, In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Soderbergh's The Good German, Besson's Angel-A, Jarmusch's Dead Man, Burton's Ed Wood, Smith's Clerks, Aronofsky's Pi, just to name a few. And knowing that Tetro is actually in black and white is fairly exciting news for me. The quote comes from the later half of the article and is mentioned in relation to another film at the fest. "Haneke's German entry, The White Ribbon, examines incipient fascism at a rural school in 1913; like Coppola's film, it was shot in black-and-white."

The White Ribbon is the latest from German director Michael Haneke, of the original Funny Games as well as Hidden and The Piano Player. As far as I know, this is the first time we've heard that Tetro will be in black and white. Described by Coppola as "small, indie and personal," Tetro stars Vincent Gallo and is about the rivalries of an artistic Italian immigrant family. Coppola has said that the story is reminiscent of his own life and roots in New York City. Unfortunately his return to directing in 2007, Youth Without Youth, was panned by critics and performed poorly at the box office. Let's hope it's not the same fate for Tetro.


  1. it has always been known that it is going to be in black and white

  2. Really? I didn't know about it - but then again, I never really thought about the possibility of it being black and white.

  3. well, the tetro site is kind of black and white...


  4. I know. And I know it might sound weird but I never really ever gave it a thought - all the caps and so on are black and white, too, so I should probably have realized that.

    This is me feeling pretty stupid now.

  5. @ mel:

    i never thought about that either.
    did you ever write to vincent gallo?


  6. @tm:

    So I'm not the only one - even though I have to admit, now that I know it, it seems obvious and I wonder why it never ever occurred to me.

    I wrote to him, just a short message years ago and actually did get a reply (short as well, but nice).

    Did you ever write to him?

  7. @ mel:

    yep, but i didn`t get a reply (yet) :(

    would you email me?(

    (anyone else is free to email me too)

    i am a girl though...

  8. I didn't know it was going to be in black and white either! Truthfully, I'm kind of disappointed. Especially because the behind the scenes filming of Argentina looks so colorful and appealing to me. I hate black and white, actually. It seems kind of corny to me to use it.


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