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The Best Black & White Films Now In Colour

Have you ever wondered what your all-time favourite black and white films would look like if they were in colour? For years editors have been painstakingly colourising black and white classics into more vibrant versions of themselves, now here’s our list of the very best:

Casablanca

This 1942 romantic drama, directed by Michael Curtiz, was based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s. The film focuses on Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca. He discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

The film was translated into colour in 1988.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

The 1938 version of A Christmas Carol was directed by Edwin L. Marin and adapted by
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Heavenly Copyright Lawyers to Kill Sequel to Capra's Christmas Classic?

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ sequel could get killed by Paramount (photo: James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’) What would the world be like if any one individual human being had never been born? In most cases, the world would quite possibly be an infinitely better place, but the overwhelming majority of (delusional) humans want to feel good about themselves and their place on our overpopulated, fast-rotting planet. Hence movies such as Frank Capra’s 1946 sentimental fantasy drama It’s a Wonderful Life, released the year after the end of World War II — which reportedly left about 60 million human beings dead (plus countless other non-humans), in addition to millions more maimed, homeless, and/or psychologically destroyed. Starring James Stewart as Small Town America family man George Bailey, who almost kills himself but is prevented from doing so by an angel with way too much time in his hands,
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Feature Film Showcase - It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life., 1946.

Directed by Frank Capra.

Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers.

Based on Philip Van Doren Stern's 1943 short story The Greatest Gift, Frank Capra's heartwarming fantasy drama It's a Wonderful Life was a box office failure upon its initial release in 1946, but it has since went on to justifiably earn a reputation as one of the greatest Christmas movies in the history of cinema, and it was also named as America's Most Inspiring Movie as part of the AFI's 100 Years... series in 2006.

Taking place in the small town of Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, the film centres on George Bailey (James Stewart), a businessman on the verge of suicide after discovering he might be bankrupt. When prayers for George's well-being reach Heaven, a guardian angel called Clarence (Henry Travers) gets a chance to earn his wings by visiting Earth and showing
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"Warehouse 13": "Have Yourself A Very Jinks-Less Christmas"

Last night Syfy began their much-anticipated Countdown to Christmas, with holiday-themed episodes of Eureka, Haven and Warehouse 13, a tradition they started last year, and hopefully will continue with other shows and other holidays.

For instance, Valentine's Day with Being Human (abnormal blood moon causes Josh to become deathly infected, and only having sex with Aidan can cure it), and Sanctuary (abnormal abnormal attacks Will, causing him to become deathly infected, and only having sex with Henry can cure it).

That's just an example. They can work out the details later.

Last night's episodes were sweet stocking stuffers for fans of each show, and played on each series' strengths.

Warehouse 13

All of these episodes take place outside of their regular space/time continuims, and that was definitely the case with the Christmas Warehouse 13. When we last saw the show, Steve Jinks was killed to a melancholy version of "Running Up That Hill,
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A new lease of life for a forgotten Christmas classic

One cold February night in 1938, Philip Van Doren Stern had a dream. In it, a family man at the end of his tether encountered a guardian angel who showed him what the world would be like if he had never been born. Sounds familiar? Of course it does. It's the plot of It's a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra's 1946 film was nominated for five Oscars, is frequently voted one of the best of all time and is now as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and Doctor Who. Stern's contribution has been largely forgotten. Now, the original short story that grew out of his dream is to be republished for the first time in decades.
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The Making Of It's A Wonderful Life

It Happened One Night. You Can’t Take It With You. Mr Smith Goes To Washington. By all accounts the ’30s were a pretty decent decade for Frank Capra. By the next decade, however, the man was making government-financed propaganda films. Whilst they were considered the best of their type, Capra itched to return to his populist roots. So, as World War Two drew to its close and he was sent The Greatest Gift – a 1943 story by Civil War historian Philip Van Doren Stern – Capra leapt at the... .

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