how to search for films that aren't in color

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I recently learned that doing an advanced search and choosing "black and white" as a criteria will not only find films that are black and white, but also color films that have a black and white sequence. Turns out there are quite a few color films that include a black and white sequence. WAY more than I was expecting. This is disappointing news to me, because I want to be able to search for plain ol' black and white films. When simply checking the box that says "black & white" and leaving "color" unchecked, my list of results is littered with color films that apparently have a black and white sequence. I guess what I really need to do is search for films that have no color sequences. Does anyone know if this is possible? Seems like this is a pretty basic request, but I don't know how to achieve the results I'm looking for given the provided interface.
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Terry Coolidge

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I spent some time looking at this and as far as I can tell, you can't filter out the films that are both B&W and color.  The problem is that "Color Info" for a film can have more than one value and when you search for "Black and White", you cannot explicitly tell the search engine to exclude movies that also have a value of "Color".   

I tried all sorts of crazy things like putting "Black and white only", "-color", etc.,  in the Keywords field to exclude color movies from the search results.  I even copied the HTML source and tried mucking around with the "colors" parameter that the search engine uses.  

Unless someone else can find a way of searching for films that are ONLY black and white, perhaps you can submit this as an enhancement.  

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I think I did this right....

After running your regular query edit the URL to include &!colors=color after the black & white clause.  It looks like that does it - at least, I no longer see The Wizard of Oz on my list of B&W features from 1920-1970:!colors=color&release_date=1920,1970...

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You got it, sienel.  For my tests, I was searching 1974 because that's when Mel Brook's B&W film Young Frankenstein came out.  I changed the URL as you suggested as follows....!colors=color&release_date=1974

...and all the color (and B&W + color) films disappeared.    

Well done. 

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