Cinema: Over There

BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR

Directed by JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD

Screenplay by JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD and GEORGES CONCHON

England entered World War I, according to the Chancellor of Germany, "just for a scrap of paper."* In Black and White in Color, a dusty outpost in French West Africa also enters the war for a scrap of paper—a yellowed newspaper from home, which reveals that the conflict has been raging in Europe for six months.

Until this moment in 1915, the white colonials in the outpost have been on congenial terms with a nearby, equally unaware German settlement. Now they work themselves into a froth of jingoism...

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