Episode 3: The Story of Film: An Odyssey

by writingarises | created - 24 Dec 2012 | updated - 10 Mar 2013 | Public

Films referenced in Episode 3, which I want to watch - either again or for the first time. 1918-1935: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World

Just getting started on this list. Several of Ernst Lubitsch's films aren't showing up in IMDB. Get back to this later.

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1. The Marriage Circle (1924)

85 min | Comedy

7.4
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Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale

Votes: 867 | Gross: $0.21M

2. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 5,818

3. La roue (1923)

273 min | Drama

7.6
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Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Séverin-Mars, Ivy Close, Gabriel de Gravone, Pierre Magnier

Votes: 1,367

4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Unrated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 44,624

5. The Telltale Heart (1928)

24 min | Short, Drama, Horror

6.9
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An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown.

Directors: Charles Klein, Leon Shamroy | Stars: Otto Matieson, William Herford, Hans Fuerberg, Charles Darvas

Votes: 200

6. Kurutta ippêji (1926)

70 min | Drama, Horror

7.6
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Masuo Inoue, Ayako Iijima, Yoshie Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nemoto

Votes: 1,805

7. The Crowd (1928)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark

Votes: 6,187

8. Lichtspiel Opus 1. (1921)

13 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen, one at a time. They are followed by many other shapes, some irregular, some ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 656

9. Entr'acte (1924)

22 min | Short

7.5
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp

Votes: 2,795

10. Rien que les heures (1926)

45 min | Documentary

7.2
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The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 340

11. Spellbound (1945)

Unrated | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 36,057 | Gross: $7.00M

12. L'Age d'Or (1930)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst

Votes: 10,410 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Kino-pravda no. 19 - Chernoe more - Ledovityi okean - Moskva (1924)

16 min | Short, News

6.1
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A series of newsreel films from Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova, and Mikhail Kaufman which document Russian Life in the early 1920s.

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 65

14. Dnevnik Glumova (2017)

5 min | Short

5.7
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Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play, "The Wise Man" ("Na vsyakogo mudretsa dovolno prostoty"). The anti-hero Glumov ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Mikhail Gomorov

Votes: 559

15. Arsenal (1929)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, War

7.4
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Semyon Svashenko, Georgi Khorkov, Amvrosi Buchma, Dmitri Erdman

Votes: 1,351

16. Zemlya (1930)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama

7.5
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva, Yelena Maksimova

Votes: 3,854

17. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 3,735

18. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 33,429

19. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 201 min | Drama

8.0
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A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 4,510 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Nagaya shinshiroku (1947)

72 min | Drama

7.9
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A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Hôhi Aoki, Eitarô Ozawa, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Votes: 1,369

21. Osaka Elegy (1936)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Ôkura, Shinpachirô Asaka

Votes: 1,542

22. Chikamatsu monogatari (1954)

102 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 2,635

23. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 17,987

24. Xixiang ji (1927)

49 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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A famous Chinese story about a young couple who consummate their marriage without the approval of their parents.

Directors: Minwei Li, Hou Yao | Stars: Cijiang Ge, Chichang Hu, Cho-cho Lam, Dandan Li

Votes: 84

25. Scenes of City Life (1935)

89 min | Drama

5.7
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Yuan Muzhi's innovative fantasy uses live action, still photographs, animation, sound, and even a peep show to depict the love triangle between a pawnshop owner's daughter and two young men from opposite economic classes.

Director: Xingzhi Xu | Stars: Lumin Lu, Ying Tan, Guilin Wang, Renmei Wang

Votes: 23

26. Shen nu (1934)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama

7.8
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Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China.

Director: Yonggang Wu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Tian Jian, Zhizhi Zhang, Keng Li

Votes: 1,297

27. Center Stage (1991)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau

Votes: 1,359

28. Xin nü xing (1935)

106 min | Drama

6.8
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Overnight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she ... See full summary »

Director: Chusheng Cai | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Naidong Wang, Junli Zheng, Moqiu Wang

Votes: 115