Black and White in Color
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Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud
Screenplay byGeorges Conchon
Story byJean-Jacques Annaud
Produced byArthur Cohn
Jacques Perrin
Giorgio Silvagni
CinematographyClaude Augostini
Edited byFrançoise Bonnot
Music byPierre Bachelet
France 3 Cinéma
Reggane Films
Smart Film Produktion
Société Française de Production (SFP)
Société Ivoirienne de Cinema
Distributed byAllied Artists (USA)
Release date
  • 22 September 1976 (1976-09-22)
Running time
90 minutes
Ivory Coast

Black and White in Color (French: La Victoire en chantant, then Noirs et Blancs en couleur for the 1977 re-issue) is an Ivorian 1976 war film and black comedy directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud in his directorial debut. It depicts French colonists at war with the Germans in Central Africa during World War I, and is set in the then German colony of Kamerun. The film adopts a strong antimilitaristic point of view, and is noteworthy for ridiculing the French side even more harshly than their German counterparts.

The original French title is the first four words (the first line) of the song Le Chant du départ, a French military song.

It won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film;[1] it was submitted to the Académie de Côte d'Ivoire, resulting in that country's first and only Oscar.



John Simon described Black and White in Color as an "absolute gem".[2] Roger Ebert gave Black and White in Color three out of a possible four stars writing- "is fun to watch and pointed in its comments on race and colonialism"[3]

See also


  1. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  2. ^ Simon, John (2005). John Simon on Film: Criticism 1982-2001. Applause Books. p. 645.
  3. ^ Black and White in Color