Les Merveilles du Cinéma

This is a List of the films referenced in the book Les Merveilles du Cinéma (The Wonders of Cinema) by French journalist Georges Sadoul, published in 1957. I have added a brief comment according to the book, which I hope, will be helpful for those interested in filmmaking.

Sadoul was a member of the surrealist group and later became a communist. He died in 1967. The Prix Georges Sadoul is named after him.

Please, feel free to comment and discuss.

Missing from IMDB:

Dong Cunrui (China, 1955)
Si Pincang (Indonesia, 1952)
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1.
Fever Mounts at El Pao (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines... (97 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Last film made by actor Gérard Philipe, to whom the book is dedicated. Directed by his friend and fellow surrealist Luis Buñuel. ” - marlon-v30
 
2.
Bold Adventure (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(102 mins.)
“ The book is largely based around the making of this film. Thus is used to explain basic notions of lightening, set design, shooting, cutting, edition, costume design, make up, etc. ” - marlon-v30
 
3.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
“ As a reference to director Rex Ingram, founder of Victorine Studios. ” - marlon-v30
 
4.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ One of the films whose production he witnessed. ” - marlon-v30
 
5.
Le silence est d'or (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Lucette, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her... (100 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ One of the films whose production he witnessed. ” - marlon-v30
 
6.
“ One of the films whose production he witnessed. ” - marlon-v30
 
7.
A Man Escaped (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ One of the films whose production he witnessed. ” - marlon-v30
 
8.
L'affaire Dreyfus (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899. (13 mins.)
“ Example of early films, whose production values were more similar to those of theatre. ” - marlon-v30
 
9.
L'Atalante (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
“ It points a continuity error due to Jean Vigo's lack of economic resources. He (apparently) could not afford a script supervisor (or "script girl") and he wasn't able to re-shoot the scene. ” - marlon-v30
 
10.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
“ Noted as one of the first narrative films, it points the importance of props (the hose) and sets (the garden). ” - marlon-v30
 
11.
Cabiria (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
“ Early use of tridimensional (not painting) sets. To enhance the feeling of depth, Pastrone introduced the travelling shot. ” - marlon-v30
 
12.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ In the spirit of realism; actress Giuletta Massina and her husband, director Federico Fellini acquired used clothes at the flea market in Porta Portese. ” - marlon-v30
 
13.
Bitter Rice (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police... (108 mins.)
“ Reference to symbolism in the dress worn by Silvana Mangano. ” - marlon-v30
 
14.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Film shoted by cinematographer Christian Matras. He also shot "Les aventures de Till". ” - marlon-v30
 
15.
Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France. (102 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
“ Same as above. ” - marlon-v30
 
16.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. (115 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
“ Jean Delannoy recreated the famous cathedral's porch in the studio to avoid lightening difficulties (this is obvious nowadays).

Book Ilustration: A production shot showing the visual effect of a 6m cathedral behind some 4m houses giving the impression of a real 70m cathedral. ” - marlon-v30
 
17.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ Description of a complex crane shot. Panning the camera in a long shot, then descending to an extreme close up. ” - marlon-v30
 
18.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Example of sound production. In the film's first scene, the camera slowly approaches a group of street singers. As we get near them, the sound gradually increases. ” - marlon-v30
 
19.
La Chartreuse de Parme (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Fabrice del Dongo, a young archbishop, gives his all to romance rather than to the Church, creating complications for everyone around... (170 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
“ An instance of star value. According to Sadoul, people often referred to this film as a "Gérard Philipe movie" rather than a "Christian-Jaque movie" or a "Stendhal film" ” - marlon-v30
 
20.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy. (110 mins.)
“ A comparisson betwen the audience and Danny Kaye's character, who likes to imagine he is a Hollywood hero. ” - marlon-v30
 
21.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Another instance of star value. This time is the famous urban legend about the sales of undershirts declining, because of Clark Gable not wearing any. ” - marlon-v30
 
22.
Camille (1912)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Marguerite is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval...
“ Actress Sarah Bernhardt, was a stage performer. When she repeated the same gestures and acting style in film, she looked (in Sadoul words) ridiculous. ” - marlon-v30
 
23.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
“ Actor Yves Montand, before being a screen actor was a jazz singer. He was successful in getting rid of the singer persona and acquiring on-screen presence. ” - marlon-v30
 
24.
Desperate Decision (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(84 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
“ Book illustration. A comparison between a sketch and the finished set. ” - marlon-v30
 
25.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
“ Outstanding use of makeup (grimage) on actor Paul Muni. ” - marlon-v30
 
26.
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people. (103 mins.)
“ Outstanding use of makeup (grimage) on actor Nikolai Cherkasov. ” - marlon-v30
 
27.
Ivan Pavlov (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(103 mins.)
Director: Grigoriy Roshal
“ Outstanding use of makeup (grimage) on actor Aleksandr Borisov, who interpreted the main character trough his teens to old age. ” - marlon-v30
 
28.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ An impressive achievement in makeup by Hagop Arakelian and ill-fated painter, Christian Bérard. ” - marlon-v30
 
29.
People Who Travel (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
“ To play the part of a lion tamer, actress Françoise Rosay frequented real female lion tamers. ” - marlon-v30
 
30.
Chapayev (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army... (93 mins.)
“ As part of the Stanislavski's system, Boris Babochkin frequented soldiers who served under the orders of the real-life Vasily Chapayev. ” - marlon-v30
 
31.
Yunost Maksima (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A 1935 USA trade-paper reviewer called it... "an impressive and technically outstanding historical drama... (92 mins.)
“ First film of a trilogy featuring Boris Chirkov as working-class hero, Maksim. In preparation, Chrirkov lived for weeks as a common worker, interviewing people who lived in the film's period. ” - marlon-v30
 
32.
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. (78 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Director Charles Chaplin helped his actors to get into character by building detailed, four-walls sets. Also, in the feast scene, he served real champagne instead of colored soda, as was the custom. ” - marlon-v30
 
33.
Greed (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
“ In the same line, Erich von Stroheim filmed in an abandoned house, with roofed sets of real dimensions. ” - marlon-v30
 
34.
La Terra Trema (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
“ Neorealist director Luchino Visconti shot this film in a sicilian fisherman's house with nonprofessional actors. ” - marlon-v30
 
35.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ A famous anecdote. The protagonist, Lamberto Maggiorani was a worker without acting experience. Shortly after being back at work, the factory closed, forcing him to full-time acting. ” - marlon-v30
 
36.
Port of Shadows (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ In one scene, Jean Gabin must give a slap to Pierre Brasseur. For better results, director Marcel Carné asks Gabin to "take it easy" during rehearsals, but on the first take, "hit really hard". Brasseur was taken by surprise giving a great performance. ” - marlon-v30
 
37.
Peter the First (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(96 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Petrov
“ After eight takes of a fist fight scene, the actors are wornout, however Vladimir Petrov asks for a ninth take which leaves Nikolai Cherkasov with a broken tooth. The take that made it into the final cut was the sixth. This example and the one before, are instances of risk scenes filmed without stunt doubles. ” - marlon-v30
 
38.
Marty (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other. (90 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ Example of a film with a relative low budget ($350,000 says the book), that turn out to be highly successful due to argument and performances. ” - marlon-v30
 
39.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Example of a best-seller made into a high-grossing movie. ” - marlon-v30
 
40.
The Iron Curtain (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada. (87 mins.)
“ Sadoul deemed this movie as the "first anti-communist film", very controversial with no artistic values or commercial success. ” - marlon-v30
 
41.
The Seven Deadly Sins (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A French/Italian co-production with two episodes from Italy and five from France covering the seven... (148 mins.)
“ Due to a little anti-capitalist piece of dialogue, the financing banks threaten to retire their investment if the dialogue is not retired. An example of censorship at a time when the french films had to undergo an official censure. ” - marlon-v30
 
42.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
“ After the Russian revolution, the film industry was nationalized, unfortunely many filmakers and actors emigrated abroad, so the restoration was slow. In 1919 they founded th first film school (today Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography). ” - marlon-v30
 
43.
Mother (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
“ This and the one before are examples of the socialist films boom around 1925. ” - marlon-v30
 
44.
Ostatni etap (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is... (105 mins.)
“ From Poland, BAFTA Award.

The following films were produced by (at the time) socialist countries. They achieved critical acclaim, thanks to film festivals. ” - marlon-v30
 
45.
Five from Barska Street (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In war-ravaged Warsaw, five juvenile delinquents are given probation for stealing, to rehabilitate themselves, but remain under the influence of their profiteer-boss. (108 mins.)
Director: Aleksander Ford
“ Poland, International Prize at Cannes ” - marlon-v30
 
46.
Trevoga (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The action takes place in the last years of the Second World War, immediately before the socialist revolution in Bulgaria... (115 mins.)
Director: Zahari Zhandov
“ Bulgaria. ” - marlon-v30
 
47.
Heroes of Shipka (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Epic historical drama. The Russo - Turkish War of Liberation of 1878 and the role of the Bulgarian Volunteer Gorps. (123 mins.)
Director: Sergey Vasilev
“ Bulgaria/URSS. Best Director at Cannes. ” - marlon-v30
 
48.
It Happened in Europe (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A band of runaways and orphans of the war scour the countryside in search of food and shelter. They... (100 mins.)
Director: Géza Radványi
“ Hungary. ” - marlon-v30
 
49.
Treasured Earth (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Frigyes Bán
“ Hungary. ” - marlon-v30
 
50.
Merry-Go-Round (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Zoltán Fábri
“ Huungary. ” - marlon-v30
 
51.
“ Romania. ” - marlon-v30
 
52.
My Son Don't Turn Round (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A partisan comes secretly to town to find about what happened to his little son who barely remembers him... (111 mins.)
Director: Branko Bauer
“ Yugoslavia. ” - marlon-v30
 
53.
Skanderbeg (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This is the true story of the National Hero of Albanians, George Kastrioti Scanderbeg, from his birth to his death... (95 mins.)
“ Albania/URSS. International Prize at Cannes. ” - marlon-v30
 
54.
Murderers Among Us (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII. (85 mins.)
“ East Germany. ” - marlon-v30
 
55.
Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This historical-biographical film begins in the first days of November 1918 on the western front. News... (124 mins.)
Director: Kurt Maetzig
“ East Germany. ” - marlon-v30
 
56.
Stärker als die Nacht (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(117 mins.)
Director: Slatan Dudow
“ East Germany. ” - marlon-v30
 
57.
The Strike (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(77 mins.)
Director: Karel Steklý
“ Czechoslovakia. Golden Lion at Venice Festival. ” - marlon-v30
 
58.
Three Forbidden Stories (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(113 mins.)
Director: Augusto Genina
“ This film and the next, are based on the same real life accident. 200 applicants were waiting to be interviewed for a position as secretary. The weight made the stairs collapse. Genina's Version of the story "imagines" the reasons for the women to be there. Childhood trauma, an unhappy marriage and drug addiction. The film's depiction of the situation seems to go for the shock value rather than the social critique. ” - marlon-v30
 
59.
Rome 11:00 (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among... (107 mins.)
“ Screenwriter Cesare Zavattini set an ad in the newspapers similar to the one that caused the accident. Sixty ladies attended, and Elio Petri asked their reasons for looking a job. He also inquired among the real affected women. They hired two secretaries to work at the production. As a result, this version is a realistic portrayal of unemployment in Italy among different social classes.

Tre storie is considered a forgotten banal, commercial film; while Roma ore 11 marks a notable period in italian cinema. This is an example of film development based on the same idea with very different results. ” - marlon-v30
 
60.
If All the Guys in the World... (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
While fishing in the North Sea, eleven out of the twelve men of the Lutèce, a fishing-boat from Concarneau... (113 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
“ A description of the film's development that began with two news articles about the collaboration between radio amateurs to help an ill man obtain a rare medication, and to help the Pakistan minister to contact his doctor in London. The original plot by Jacques Rémy involved a help call from a French boat. The SOS was retransmitted trough an african colony to Israel to Paris, that got in touch with West Germany, to send help to the boat, there was a collaboration between American and Soviet authorities. ” - marlon-v30
 
61.
The Damned (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers... (105 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ The adaptation was made by Jacques Rémy. (see above) ” - marlon-v30
 
62.
Manon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France... (100 mins.)
“ Director Henri-Georges Clouzot, began working in this film only after having a precise vision of the scene in which the main character desperately looks for his wife trough a crowded train. ” - marlon-v30
 
63.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ D.W. Griffith makes an extensive use of (pretty much) all the editing techniques. Particularly, parallel action. ” - marlon-v30
 
64.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
“ Sadoul explains that in this short film we can appreciate a "long shot" (The landscape before the arrival), a "full shot" or "medium long shot" (Passangers descending from the train), an "american shot" (A lady that walks by the camera) and a "close-up" (A man who gets too near the operator). All this without any use of editing. ” - marlon-v30
 
65.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ German expresionist F.W. Murnau, makes an extensive use of "tracking shots". This contrasts with contemporaries Eisenstein and Pudovkin, and their theory of editing, where the characters were always at the same distance of the camera on each angle. ” - marlon-v30
 
66.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Famously, Alfred Hitchcock composed this film of only 9 takes (actually 10). Leaving in second term editing techniques without losing any "artistic quality". ” - marlon-v30
 
67.
Pastoral Symphony (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
“ Example of the use of inserts. When the film's edition was almost complete, Jean Delannoy, introduced a close-up shot of Michèle Morgan on a death-like position, laid over fake snow.This little shot, unplanned and with minimal resources, helped to give strenght to the scene. ” - marlon-v30
 
68.
Louisiana Story (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Flaherty
“ Book illustrations: Two still frames showing a "long shot" and an "american shot." ” - marlon-v30
 
69.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Book Illustration: Still frame of a "medium shot". ” - marlon-v30
 
70.
The Quiet One (1948 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured. (65 mins.)
Director: Sidney Meyers
“ Book Illustration: Still frame of a "medium close-up". ” - marlon-v30
 
71.
Black Shadows (1949 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(68 mins.)
Director: André Cauvin
“ Book illustration: Still frame of a "close-up". ” - marlon-v30
 
72.
Buffalo Bill (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show. (90 mins.)
“ An example of "post-synchronization". In one scene, a character says that, after the battle, only 8 men survived. However, when the battle scene was filmed, the script was changed, so now 18 men survived. Instead of re-shooting the first scene, a sound technician must do a lip sync with the correct dialogue. ” - marlon-v30
 
73.
The Crusades (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history. (125 mins.)
“ Film editor Anne Bauchens uses this film to explain her labour. When the main action scene was filmed, only the dialogue and minor sound effects were recorded. Bauchens had to add the sounds of: firing cannons, cannonballs hitting its target, crackings from the war machines, screaming, neighing, boiling oil, whistling arrows, trampling, etc. Impressively (for that time), eight tracks were needed. ” - marlon-v30
 
74.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
“ Part of Dimitri Tiomkin's filmography. "One of the giants of Hollywood movie music." ” - marlon-v30
 
75.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Same as bove. ” - marlon-v30
 
76.
The Wheel (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from... (273 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
“ Composer Arthur Honegger, developed the theme of his famous composition, "Pacific 231"; out of the music he composed for this Abel Gance's film. ” - marlon-v30
 
77.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
“ Composer Sergei Prokofiev created the score for this film by Sergei Eisenstein. He later rearranged the music to create his famous "Cantata for Alexander Nevsky". ” - marlon-v30
 
78.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ An important moment in film history. The movies didn't have to represent reality anymore. In this instance, a film "shot" on the moon. ” - marlon-v30
 
79.
Cinderella (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out? (6 mins.)
“ Example of a "stop trick". To turn a pumpkin into a carriage, Georges Méliès stoped the camera and replaced the props, while the actors retained their positions. ” - marlon-v30
 
80.
Baths at Milan, Italy (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A large pool in Milan has diving boards set at different heights. As some people watch from along the pool's edge, others enjoy themselves by diving into the pool, using a variety of different styles. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
“ According to Sadoul, during a screening, operator Alexandre Promio set the film backwards on the reel. He was amused to see the swimmers coming out of the water, feet-first. ” - marlon-v30
 
81.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... (55 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Jean Cocteau used several "tricks" on this film. In a sequence, the main character walks awkwardly trough a corridor after having "falling" into a mirror. Actually, the actor was rolling over a horizontal set, with the camera filming from "above". ” - marlon-v30
 
82.
The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
“ An example of multiple exposure. By covering certain parts of the lens, Méliès can avoid exposition on the film, and can "reuse" this film to shot again. In this way, an actor can appear several times in the same place at the same time. ” - marlon-v30
 
83.
The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
“ With the technique described above, comedian Fernandel can play a father and his five sons. ” - marlon-v30
 
84.
Gulliver's Travels (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Of all the beautiful stories ever told none are more interesting than Gulliver's Travels. How Gulliver... (4 mins.)
“ Another example of the same technique, this time however, Méliès uses proportions to create "giants" and lilliputians. ” - marlon-v30
 
85.
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened. (77 mins.)
“ Another use of proportions. A mad scientist that miniaturize a group of scientists. ” - marlon-v30
 
86.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
“ In this film, a man inflates a human head, making it grow on size. To achieve this effect, Méliès combines the multiple exposure technique with a tracking shot . He films the head and gets closer to it, making it look bigger. ” - marlon-v30
 
87.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ With a creative use of multiple exposure and other techniques, including reverse motion, Cecil B. DeMille show us the sequence when Moses parts the Red Sea. ” - marlon-v30
 
88.
Out of the Inkwell (1918 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(2 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
“ With a very elaborate combination of rotoscoping (his own invention), pixilation and multiple exposure, Max Fleischer created the adventures of Koko the clown in the series Out of the Inkwell. A combination of animation and Live action. ” - marlon-v30
 
89.
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Another elaborate example of multiple exposure and travelling matte by John Fulton. To create the scene when the invisible man removes his clothes, an actor was filmed fully covered by a black suit against a black background. Thus, creating a "template" were only the clothes were visible. ” - marlon-v30
 
90.
The Three Caballeros (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster). (71 mins.)
“ To create this live-action/animation film, the Fleischer's techniques were used, but in color. ” - marlon-v30
 
91.
Sadko (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness. (85 mins.)
“ Another use of double multiple exposure to, among other things, create fantastic creatures. ” - marlon-v30
 
92.
Boris Godunov (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Action happens at the end of the 16th century, on the eve of "time of troubles". The main character of this historical tragedy... (110 mins.)
Director: Vera Stroyeva
“ Yet another example of outstanding multiple exposure and matte. This film and the one before, were adaptation of traditional operas from communist countries. ” - marlon-v30
 
93.
The Haunted Hotel (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings... (5 mins.)
“ An early example of a technique then known as "american movement"; nowadays named "stop motion". This "frame by frame" technique, continued to be developed by directors such as Winsor McCay, Segundo de Chomón, Wladyslaw Starewicz and Émile Cohl. ” - marlon-v30
 
94.
Pauvre Pierrot (1892 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away. (4 mins.)
Director: Émile Reynaud
“ The first projected animated cartoons were made by Charles-Émile Reynaud, who painted directly over celluloid film. He used perforations to allow the film to move. ” - marlon-v30
 
95.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ An example of "rear projection". The actors and some props (in this case, models of Kong and the Empire State) are filmed in front of a screen were a movie is projected (New York's landscape). ” - marlon-v30
 
96.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
“ In the aquarium scene, Orson Welles used the rear projection effect with enlarged shots of aquatic animals to give an unsettling atmosphere. ” - marlon-v30
 
97.
Monte Cristo (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(223 mins.)
Director: Henri Fescourt
“ The Schüfftan process. To create the illusion of an actor on a huge set; only a portion is built real size. A miniature version (or a drawing) of the set is also crafted. The two are filmed as one single shot, trough the use of mirrors and a correct camera angle. ” - marlon-v30
 
98.
Children of Paradise (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Example of the Schüfftan process, an open sky is placed on a theatre stage. ” - marlon-v30
 
99.
Shadow of the Guillotine (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
“ The Tuileries Palace (destroyed in 1871), was recreated thanks to the Schüfftan process. ” - marlon-v30
 
100.
Blondine (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(61 mins.)
Director: Henri Mahé
“ Henri Mahé perfected the Simplifilm. A technique similar to the Schüfftan process but quicker and cheaper. ” - marlon-v30