When the American Film Institute originally compiled its list of the best movies in the first 100 years of American film (1896-1996), five of the top 10 movies chosen were shot in black and white and one film, The Wizard of Oz, was filmed in both black and white and Technicolor. Many films from the first half of the 20th century were lost due to decay as most were filmed on cellulose nitrate, or flash paper, which is extremely flammable and prone to deterioration. Remarkably, in the past few decades film restoration experts and preservationists have been able to repair or salvage classic black and white films that might have been lost forever. You can see Citizen Kane and On the Waterfront on Turner Classic Movies, or you could relive your favorite cinema moments at the latest installment of The Resource Center's Gaybingo, happening at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Rose Room in S4, 3911 Cedar Springs. This month's theme is black and white cinema classics, so don that Marilyn Monroe dress or Fred Astaire attire for the bingo tournament, which happens every third Saturday of the month. Reserve your tickets online for $25, plus a $1.50 service fee, or purchase tickets on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Visit rcdallas.org for tickets and more information.
Sat., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., 2011