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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Footage of John Giorno sleeping for five hours. (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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Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who 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 chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ sound? ” - sefakilic
 
13.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (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, Inuit 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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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
“ 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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Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ corpes in the car ” - sefakilic
 
26.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy and outcast 17 year-old 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