Film 1000B: Introduction to Film Studies

A list of films studied in Carleton University's first year film course.
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1.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
2.
The Searchers (1956)
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
3.
Chungking Express (1994)
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Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
4.
Visions of Light (1992 Documentary)
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography)... (92 mins.)
 
5.
Don't Look Now (1973)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
6.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
7.
Gamer (2009)
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In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he? (95 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
 
8.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
 
9.
Phoenix Tapes (2000 Documentary)
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Phoenix Tapes is made up of excerpts from 40 Hitchcock films organised into six chapters, each examining a visual or contextual theme in his work. (45 mins.)
 
10.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
11.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
12.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
13.
Mothlight (1963 Short Film)
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape. (4 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
14.
Scorpio Rising (1963 Short Film)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic... (28 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
15.
Report (1967 Short Film)
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A compilation of selected bits of archival footage put to a narration of news reports describing the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (13 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
16.
T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1969 Short Film)
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A subversive experimental short film in which the word "Destroy" is uttered constantly while images on an individual are show with changes colors and the letters T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G displayed. (12 mins.)
Director: Paul Sharits
 
17.
The Dante Quartet (1987 Short Film)
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A visual representation, in four parts, of one man's internalization of "The Divine Comedy." Hell is... (6 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
18.
Removed (1999 Short Film)
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Starting with a piece of vintage porn, filmmaker Naomi Uman painstakingly removed each female figure from the footage using nail polish remover... (6 mins.)
Director: Naomi Uman
 
19.
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998 Short Film)
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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are cloned in an experimental backyard musical. The starting point is... (15 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
20.
Xala (1975)
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It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we... (123 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
21.
Variety (1983)
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Christine (Sandy McLeod) takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of... (100 mins.)
Director: Bette Gordon
 
22.
Double Indemnity (1944)
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
23.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
24.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
25.
The Mothering Heart (1913 Short Film)
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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband... (29 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
26.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
27.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them. (93 mins.)
 
28.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
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A crazy love story full of lies, deceits and a complicated quadrangle where each one has to think quickly and dance around each other's emotions. (138 mins.)
Director: Shaad Ali
 
29.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
30.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
31.
Land Without Bread (1933 Documentary)
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A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills. (30 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
32.
The War Game (1965 Documentary)
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The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
33.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
34.
Still Life (2006)
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A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes. (111 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
35.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)