Cinecouch Top 50 On-the-Verge Films

A list of 40-60 min films. Complementary to the Top 1000 Short Films. For more details, please visit http://cinecouch.com/
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1.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
2.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
3.
A Day in the Country (1936 Short Film)
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The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day. (40 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
4.
Simon of the Desert (1965 Short Film)
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Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him. (43 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
5.
Wavelength (1967)
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One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week. (45 mins.)
Director: Michael Snow
 
6.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
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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
 
7.
Méditerranée (1963 Documentary)
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(44 mins.)
 
8.
Flaming Creatures (1963)
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With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio. (45 mins.)
Director: Jack Smith
 
9.
Our Century (1983 Documentary)
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A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama... (47 mins.)
Director: A. Peleshian
 
10.
A Man There Was (1917)
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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later... (48 mins.)
 
11.
My Childhood (1972)
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The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland... (46 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
12.
The Three-Sided Mirror (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl)... (45 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
13.
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974 Documentary)
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A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry. (45 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
Seven Chances (1925)
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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today. (56 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
15.
Dreamwood (1972)
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(45 mins.)
Director: James Broughton
 
16.
Anticipation of the Night (1958 Short Film)
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Notes of journey life of Stan Brakhage like a befits of a diary book in a very strong sense of experimentation, romantic, modernist and abstract. (42 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
17.
Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen (1983 Documentary)
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(40 mins.)
 
18.
The War Game (1965)
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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
 
19.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988 Short Film)
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Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (43 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
20.
The Secret Formula (1965 Short Film)
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(42 mins.)
Director: Rubén Gámez
 
21.
Woman of Tokyo (1933)
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Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in a office... (47 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
22.
The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines... (46 mins.)
 
23.
Melody of the World (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An impression of the state of the world in 1929, contrasting similarities and differences in religion, customs, art and entertainment from all over the world. The film is constructed like a symphony. (40 mins.)
Director: Walter Ruttmann
 
24.
Death in the Seine (1989 Short Film)
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Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and 'documentary' asides. (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
25.
The Old Place (2000 Documentary)
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(49 mins.)
 
26.
Suzanne's Career (1963)
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The friendship of Bertrand and Guillaume is complicated when the womanizing Guillaume begins to pursue a charming girl named Suzanne. (54 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
27.
Aprili (1961)
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(46 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
28.
The Koumiko Mystery (1967 Documentary)
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(46 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
30.
Vostochnaya elegiya (1996 Short Film)
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(43 mins.)
 
31.
Lessons of Darkness (1992 Documentary)
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This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it. (54 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
32.
The Oyster Princess (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. (58 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ "The Oyster Princess" ” - jerryluogaz
 
33.
Le franc (1994 Short Film)
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A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes... (46 mins.)
 
34.
Nothing But Time (1926 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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). (45 mins.)
 
35.
Ein Arbeiterclub in Sheffield (1965 Documentary)
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(41 mins.)
Director: Peter Nestler
 
36.
Le cochon (1970 Documentary)
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In the French countryside it's the day for peasants to kill a big fat pig. The slaughter goes on for a great part of the day as they work to store 140kg worth of meat. (50 mins.)
 
37.
Vertical Features Remake (1978 Short Film)
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Tongue-in-cheek, early Greenaway short reflects the incredibly meticulous encyclopedic nature of his early films... (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
38.
L'horloge magique ou La petite fille qui voulait être princesse (1928 Short Film)
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It's the story of Yolande, a little girl (about 12) who wanted to become a princess. Bombastus, her old father... (30 mins.)
 
39.
Red, White and Zero (1967)
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An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity. In HD. (46 mins.)
“ "The White Bus" ” - jerryluogaz
 
40.
Stations of the Elevated (1981 Documentary)
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Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer... (46 mins.)
 
41.
Die Teufelskirche (1919)
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(47 mins.)
 
42.
Vernon, Florida (1981 Documentary)
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Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon... (55 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
43.
Children (1976 Short Film)
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Robert Tucker, a young gay man who is almost without affect, sits in various waiting rooms. As he sits... (43 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
44.
The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983 Documentary)
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A young, orthodox Jewish woman is alienated from her Jerusalem community and drawn into the world of spirit... (38 mins.)
Director: Nina Menkes
 
45.
Five Filosophical Fables (1970)
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(47 mins.)
Director: Donald Richie
 
46.
A Dirty Story (1977)
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A group of friends listen as one man tells them a story about a time when, in a small cafe, he discovered... (50 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
47.
White Mane (1953)
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In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers. (40 mins.)
 
48.
The Brickmakers (1972 Documentary)
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This film documents the life of a family of brick makers in the outskirts of Bogotá, using the personal... (42 mins.)
 
49.
Sirius (1975)
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A young Czechoslovakian boy and the German shepherd that loves him - set during the Nazi occupation. (50 mins.)
 
50.
Shoulder Arms (1918 Short Film)
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Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines. (45 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin