Enduring allure of black-and-white filmmaking continues with Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’

November 13, 2013 2:10 PM

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Filled with handsome, austere plains photography, “Nebraska” is a Midwest road trip film about an aging father (Bruce Dern) and his son (Will Forte). As a studio release (Paramount) and a film set in contemporary times, “Nebraska” is unusual among modern black-and-white films, which have tended to be independently made or period pieces.

Usually black-and-white is attempted by ambitious young filmmakers or veterans with enough industry pull. Payne has said his “Nebraska” was budgeted for less because it was in black-and-white and considered to have less box-office potential as a result.

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