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The End of B&W Debate

May 23, 1994

I really hate to get sucked into a debate as trivial as the year the black-and-white era ended, but, once and for all, it was 1967 ("B&W Film After Color," Counterpunch Letters, May 16). That was the year that 1) the Motion Picture Academy stopped awarding separate Oscars for B&W and color in the cinematography, art direction and costume design categories; and 2) the three major TV networks broadcast their last monochrome shows in prime time. Those, alas, were the days; now the only place that regularly shows black-and-white is MTV.

MICHAEL SCHLESINGER

Sherman Oaks

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