#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make “proper” soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the “war” after several bungles on the part of the others.
Plot: French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make “proper” soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the “war” after several bungles on the part of the others.
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And the officer wasn’t even British
Fall of 1914. French and Germans, living in colonies side by side (Togo or Cameroon, take your pick), feel compelled to be at war with each other since that is what’s happening back home, too. Naively and almost playfully at first, until the game starts getting uglier and they experience the horror of casualties nobody had really wanted. Both sides get professional help and they become hardened by the everyday routine (the Germans winning, because their officer studied in Heidelberg…)and start killing each other more efficiently, until finally the war ends and the British arrive to restore law and order in the territories. The long column of British troops, all Africans and Asians, is led by one junior officer on horseback – who when his face is eventually revealed, turns out to be Indian.
Annaud shot the film in the Ivory Coast, then a very staunchly pro-French country. He refused to show anybody the script and pretended he was shooting a very different type of movie. At the gala premiere performance in Abidjan, when the French officials realized the entire picture was a spoof on French colonial policies, they walked out, much to the embarrassment of the Ivorians, who were just as unaware of what Annaud had been up to…
There are great movies about colonialism, like The Battle of Algiers or Lawrence of Arabia, which show the complicated relationships between settlers and natives and the natives’ struggle for freedom. And then there are comedies like Black and White in Color which make you wonder how the settlers rose to power in the first place.
This biting comedy is a scathing indictment of French colonialism in Africa and is deliberately uneven in its portrayal of the French as a bunch of morons, drunks, cowards and hypocrites, apparently unable to handle their own lives let alone an empire.
The action begins in 1915. World War I started many months ago but news take a long time to get there, and the French go about their lives, oblivious, continuing their nice relations with their German neighbors just across the river. But when they receive newspapers with the war news, they decide it’s time to declare war on their peaceful neighbors because France is wherever the French are settled.
So they recruit natives and go to war with disastrous consequences. One of my favorite sequences is when all the French settlers go on a picnic to watch the natives charge against the German fort. The French sit around in the shade, drinking wine and eating and commenting on the battle as if talking about sports. Then they hear the sound of machine guns and they realize things aren’t as easy as they expected.
The Germans come across as better in this movie. That’s evident from the beginning, when their flag is vibrantly waving in the wind, as opposed to the French one which stays still. The Germans are better equipped and trained, whereas the French go arrogantly into war without preparation. It’s quite obvious who’s the target of this movie.
But in the end this is an indictment of any country that’s ever had colonies in Africa, whether it be France, Spain or Portugal. It’s all here: the spite for the natives’ culture, the Christian proselytizing, the assumption of European superiority. But the settlers are so dumb you wonder how they could have conquered anything in the first place, and the answer is clear: it’s got nothing to do with intelligence or racial superiority, just good old strength in numbers and weapons.
Black and White in Color was made 33 years ago but it’s still relevant today. Wherever nations continue to impose their will upon others through force, I don’t doubt the same waste, abuses and incompetence depicted here will go on. For that reason, this movie is well worth watching.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, War
Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Writer Georges Conchon, Jean-Jacques Annaud
Actors Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel
Country Côte d'Ivoire, France, West Germany, Switzerland
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 1 win & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm