Film: a very short introduction

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1.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
2.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
3.
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ realism or magic

who you gonna believe? ” - sefakilic
 
4.
Way Down East (1920)
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A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock. (145 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
5.
Sleep (1964)
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The most intense high octane movie of 1964. With twists and turns around every corner. If you are a fan of romance sitcom action syfi anime horror mystery you will laugh you will cry and it will shake you to your core. (321 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
“ ordinary ” - sefakilic
 
6.
Empire (1964 Documentary)
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A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day. (485 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
“ ordinary ” - sefakilic
 
7.
Touch of Evil (1958)
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ the camera learns to move ” - sefakilic
 
8.
The Player (1992)
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ the camera learns to move ” - sefakilic
 
9.
Family Plot (1976)
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A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. (120 mins.)
“ diverging and converging ” - sefakilic
 
10.
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
“ shot-countershot ” - sefakilic
 
11.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ sound? ” - sefakilic
 
12.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ sound? ” - sefakilic
 
13.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ swooping sounds, placement of music in the soundtrack ” - sefakilic
 
14.
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ swooping sounds, placement of music in the soundtrack ” - sefakilic
 
15.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ swooping sounds, placement of music in the soundtrack ” - sefakilic
 
16.
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
“ the sound of Chopin waltzes in an upper-class drawing room. Very fitting, these socialites are having a party. Except that as the camera takes us downstairs, we see that it's what the servants are listening on the radio. Playing with our expectations. ” - sefakilic
 
17.
Rear Window (1954)
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ the music is coming not from outer space of the studio, but a neighbouring apartment ” - sefakilic
 
18.
High Anxiety (1977)
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Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films. (94 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ car is overtaken by a bus ” - sefakilic
 
19.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ realism and magic ” - sefakilic
 
20.
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.)
“ magical realism ” - sefakilic
 
21.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ magical realism ” - sefakilic
 
22.
The Haunted Hotel (1907 Short Film)
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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.)
“ le mouvement americain ” - sefakilic
 
23.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
“ the birth of film itself ” - sefakilic
 
24.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ the birth of film itself ” - sefakilic
 
25.
Goodfellas (1990)
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The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ corpes in the car ” - sefakilic
 
26.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ dead can always come back ” - sefakilic
 
27.
The Band Wagon (1953)
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. (112 mins.)
“ rebirth ” - sefakilic