INTERTEXTUALITY: the history of films through the meta-cinema

by felix87 | created - 06 Jan 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

this list is about movies about filmmaking, set in studios/ movie theaters, referencing to other movies, or whose characters come from the cinema universe and which deal with the problems of mise-en-scène and film.

also look at:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/moviesaboutmovies.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_about_filmmaking

http://www.allmovie.com/explore/theme/filmmaking-1641

http://www.imdb.com/list/mQMV2OqCvdg/?ref_=tt_rls_1 it lacks of:

Il ragazzo che abitava in fondo al mare (Mario Santocchio, 2010)

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1. Lisbon Story (1994)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music

The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Rüdiger Vogler, Patrick Bauchau, Vasco Sequeira, Canto e Castro

Votes: 3,699

3. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 94,134 | Gross: $0.05M

4. Nickelodeon (1976)

PG | 121 min | Comedy

A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith

Votes: 1,670

5. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 152,580 | Gross: $5.89M

6. Be Kind Rewind (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow

Votes: 84,105 | Gross: $11.17M

7. Sogni d'oro (1981)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Nuovamente nei panni del suo alter-ego Michele Apicella, Nanni Moretti scrive la sua commedia apparentemente più ilare ma anche surreale ed inquietante. Il regista Michele, ancora sulla ... See full synopsis »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Piera Degli Esposti, Remo Remotti, Laura Morante

Votes: 802

8. The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Gino Cervi, Andrea Checchi, Ivan Desny

Votes: 1,058

9. Nitrato d'argento (1996)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The film celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema. It presents the technical and artistic evolution of the motion pictures. We move from mute to sound, from black-and-white ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: László Balogh, Éric Berger, Marc Berman, Doriana Bianchi

Votes: 89

10. The Player (1992)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 46,912 | Gross: $21.71M

11. Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler

Votes: 4,225 | Gross: $0.19M

12. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 16,646 | Gross: $0.02M

13. The Last Tycoon (1976)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 6,980 | Gross: $1.82M

14. S.O.B. (1981)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson, Larry Hagman

Votes: 4,802 | Gross: $14.87M

16. Un lugar en el cine (2008)

106 min | Documentary

The commitment of three film directors used to structure a story that calls for reflection. Greek Theo Angelopoulos traveling from Athens to Ostia, the Roman beach where Pasolini was killed... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Morais | Stars: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Ninetto Davoli, Víctor Erice, Tonino Guerra

Votes: 21

18. Good Morning Heartache (2008)

93 min | Comedy

The marriage of an actor and a freelance film editor breaks up unexpectedly in front of two filmmakers' camera.

Director: Anna Negri | Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Marco Foschi, Valentina Lodovini, Stefano Fresi

Votes: 192

20. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance, Family

Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 8,674

21. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 18,360

22. Snuff-Movie (2005)

R | 92 min | Horror

Boris Arkadin is a horror film maker. His pregnant wife was brutally murdered by a Manson-like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s. He becomes a virtual recluse - until years later ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Enos, Teri Harrison-Keaton, Alastair Mackenzie

Votes: 647

23. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 36,269

24. Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

On a transatlantic crossing, The Marx Brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers, Chico Marx

Votes: 9,945

25. What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood producer.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, Gregory Ratoff

Votes: 1,572

26. Hollywood Party (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Allan Dwan, Edmund Goulding, Russell Mack, Charles Reisner, Roy Rowland, George Stevens, Sam Wood | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante, Jack Pearl

Votes: 616

27. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 11,870 | Gross: $14.93M

28. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 22,996

29. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 343,501 | Gross: $1.59M

30. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 20,529

31. All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 100,364 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 167,075

33. The Ape Woman (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Annie Girardot, Achille Majeroni, Filippo Pompa Marcelli

Votes: 487

34. Miramar (1997)

82 min | Drama

Story with some autobiographical touches taken from director's life. Miramar is a teenager raised by his parents to be an artist. But a tragedy occurs in his life: both his parents commit ... See full summary »

Director: Júlio Bressane | Stars: João Rebello, Giulia Gam, Diogo Vilela, Louise Cardoso

Votes: 46

35. 5-25-77 (2007)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: John Francis Daley, Austin Pendleton, Colleen Camp, Neil Flynn

Votes: 294

36. Boy Meets Girl (1984)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

Paris by night. Alex, 22, wants to become a filmmaker. He is fascinated by first times and his girlfriend, Florence, has just left him for his best friend, Thomas. First break-up, first ... See full summary »

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier, Carroll Brooks, Maïté Nahyr

Votes: 2,341

37. Cold Souls (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, Dina Korzun, Armand Schultz

Votes: 9,020 | Gross: $0.90M

38. Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tôru Emori, Kayoko Kishimoto, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 1,727

39. La moitié gauche du frigo (2000)

90 min | Comedy

Christophe agrees to be filmed by his roommate Stéphane, while he is searching for a meaningful engineering job. Since he voluntarily resigned his job when he was to be moved to quality ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Paul Ahmarani, Stéphane Demers, Geneviève Néron, Jules Philip

Votes: 468

40. Red Hollywood (1996 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

A documentary that examines the films made by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist and offers a radically difference perspective on a key period in the history of American cinema.

Directors: Thom Andersen, Noël Burch | Stars: Paul Jarrico, Eric Johnston, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson

Votes: 133

41. Fantasma (2006)

63 min | Drama

A solitary man whose only pastime is to go to a movie theater, the Teatro San Martín, on Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires. There he exorcise his ghosts.

Director: Lisandro Alonso | Stars: Argentino Vargas, Misael Saavedra, Carlos Landini, Jorge Franceschelli

Votes: 306

42. Di me cosa ne sai (2009)

78 min | Documentary

A secret war has been waged in Italy. The first victims are the spectators. And film directors.

Director: Valerio Jalongo | Stars: Roberto Andò, Francesca Archibugi, Jean Michel Baer, Sandro Baldoni

Votes: 17

43. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama

A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden

Votes: 9,623 | Gross: $2.32M

44. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,314 | Gross: $0.30M

45. The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Tom Hulce, Lolita Davidovich, Bob Hoskins, Aleksandr Zbruev

Votes: 1,734 | Gross: $0.58M

46. La vallée (1972)

106 min | Drama

Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder explores themes of sexual freedom, mind alteration, and pursuit of paradise against the backdrop of an early 70's encounter with the Mapuga rain forest tribe in upland New Guinea.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jérôme Beauvarlet, Monique Giraudy, Michael Gothard, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Votes: 944

47. Entourage (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.

Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 147,005

48. Road to Nowhere (I) (2010)

R | 121 min | Romance, Thriller

59 Metascore

A young filmmaker gets wrapped up in a crime while shooting his new project on location.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Tygh Runyan, Dominique Swain, Shannyn Sossamon, John Diehl

Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $0.04M

49. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,150 | Gross: $0.03M

50. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary