Black and White in Color

Black and White in Color
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Produced by Arthur Cohn
Jacques Perrin
Giorgio Silvagni
Written by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Georges Conchon
Music by Pierre Bachelet
Cinematography Claude Augostini
Edited by Françoise Bonnot
France 3 Cinéma
Reggane Films
Smart Film Produktion
Société Française de Production (SFP)
Société Ivoirienne de Cinema
Distributed by Allied Artists (USA)
Release dates
  • 22 September 1976 (1976-09-22)
Running time
90 minutes
Country France
Côte d'Ivoire
Language French

Black and White in Color (French: La Victoire en chantant, then Noirs et Blancs en couleur for the 1977 re-issue) is a 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 West Africa during World War I, and is set in one of the then German colonies; either Togoland or 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 Academy by Côte d'Ivoire, resulting in that country's first and only Oscar.


See also


  1. "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 March 2012.

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