Told by Design

by guimworks | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

This is an ongoing list with films related to design, mainly referring to our objectual world or to interesting scenarios for designers. It is a list related to my line of research, it being the relations between design and fiction. You can check out one of the side projects of the investigation, www.toldbydesign.com, where some scenes of some of this films are being collected and analyzed from the designer's point of view.

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1. Overal Spullen (2011 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

"Stuff Everywhere" is a personal documentary about the connection between people and their stuff. Things are handy, they make life easier and we think they will bring us joy. But they ... See full summary »

Director: Judith de Leeuw

Votes: 7

"Stuff Everywhere" is a personal documentary about the connection between people and their stuff.

3. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 13,155

Enter Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), a landscape architect much younger than Cary,

4. Tout Va Bien (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli, Elizabeth Chauvin

Votes: 3,172

A battery of thoughts complete with criticism of modern society // He's an advertisement director who before 68 s social upheavals served as a Nouvelle Vague screenwriter. // Godard and Gorin investigate how the sausage is made , both metaphorically (movie financing) and literally (industrial food processing)

5. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 4,039

worked his way up from salesman to factory owner, where he oversees a highly mechanized operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons.

6. Woman's World (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

An executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates' wives.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Cornel Wilde, Clifton Webb

Votes: 885

An [automobile] executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates' wives

7. Aaltra (2004)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. Through a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems ... See full summary »

Directors: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern | Stars: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, Michel de Gavre, Gérard Condejean

Votes: 2,726

Through a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair.

8. Art School Confidential (2006)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 16,592 | Gross: $3.30M

Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school.

9. Blast from the Past (1999)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 59,028 | Gross: $26.49M

Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife.

10. Call Me Genius (1961)

105 min | Comedy

Tony Hancock gives up his day job to become an artist. He's a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics dislike his work. Nevertheless, he impresses a talented artist.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie, Margit Saad

Votes: 988

Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist.

11. Steamboy (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 16,597 | Gross: $0.41M

In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

12. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

History of Apple and Microsoft.

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick, J.G. Hertzler

Votes: 23,479

History of Apple and Microsoft.

13. Kitchen Stories (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,976 | Gross: $0.35M

So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men.

14. Crack o' Dawn (1925)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Thompson-Thorpe automobile was once a great car but the failure of the owners to be able to agree on needed changes led to the break-up of the company, and Thompson and Thorpe has each ... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Reed Howes, J.P. McGowan, Ruth Dwyer, Henry A. Barrows

Votes: 9

The Thompson-Thorpe automobile was once a great car but the failure of the owners to be able to agree on needed changes led to the break-up of the company, and Thompson and Thorpe has each started their own car-manufacturing company.

15. Lines (II) (2011)

15 min | Short, Drama

One family decide to split their house with lines. They have their own space and commerce with the objects they control. They divide the space and their hearts. A microcosm that symbolize, the world we live.

Director: Daniel Chamorro | Stars: Vivien Bridson, Cherie Lunghi, Tom Murphy, Xenia Tchoumitcheva

Votes: 14

One family decide to split their house with lines.

16. Design for Leaving (1954)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Daffy Duck is a salesman for a futuristic appliance company, who, against Elmer Fudd's will, modernizes Fudd's house with many screwball gadgets, none of which work in Fudd's favor.

Director: Robert McKimson | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 325

Daffy Duck is a salesman for a futuristic appliance company, who, against Elmer Fudd's will, modernizes Fudd's house with many screwball gadgets, none of which work in Fudd's favor.

17. Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy

After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.

Director: Hans Richter | Stars: Jack Bittner, Libby Holman, Josh White, Norma Cazanjian

Votes: 779

18. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, History

Peasant life in a feudal farm in rural Italy at the end of the 19th century.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari

Votes: 5,276

One day the boy's shoes break when returning home, but they do not have money to buy another pair. What can they do?

19. The Belly of an Architect (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama

An architect supervising an exhibition starts to have mysterious stomach pains while his life slowly falls apart.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb, Lambert Wilson, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 5,347 | Gross: $0.29M

An architect supervising an exhibition starts to have mysterious stomach pains while his life slowly falls apart.

20. Embargo (2010)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner. In the middle of a gasoline embargo and finding ... See full summary »

Director: António Ferreira | Stars: Filipe Costa, Cláudia Carvalho, Pedro Diogo, José Raposo

Votes: 396

Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner

21. Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.

Director: Liev Schreiber | Stars: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Lyoskin, Jonathan Safran Foer

Votes: 56,501 | Gross: $1.71M

Jewish-American writer Jonathan Safran Foer is a collector of his family's memorabilia, although most of the items, some which he takes without asking, would not be considered keepsakes by the average person.

22. Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama

The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.

Director: Allan Eastman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Hope Lange, Heather Thomas, Michael Ironside

Votes: 178

The life of Henry Ford

23. Full of Life (1956)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Writer Nick and his wife Emily are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, Richard Conte, Salvatore Baccaloni, Esther Minciotti

Votes: 391

When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant stonemason with whom he has a difficult relationship, and ask him to do the work.

24. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 986,647 | Gross: $223.81M

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

25. The Devilish Tenant (1909)

6 min | Short, Comedy

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, François Lallement, André Méliès

Votes: 1,554

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

26. Get Out and Get Under (1920)

Passed | 25 min | Comedy, Short

The comic adventures of a new car owner.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Fred McPherson, Roy Brooks

Votes: 829

The comic adventures of a new car owner.

27. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 32,992

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion

28. Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

Norman Phiffier works as a store clerk in a large department store. Clumsy and inept, he can't do anything right. Boy are they in trouble!

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John, Ray Walston, John McGiver

Votes: 2,231

Norman Phiffier works as a store clerk in a large department store.

29. John and Mary (1969)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Michael Tolan, Sunny Griffin

Votes: 1,965

John (Dustin Hoffman), an orderly, focused furniture designer, picks up ever-so-slightly bohemian art gallery worker Mary (Mia Farrow) at a singles bar

30. The Lamp (1959)

8 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Star: Roman Polanski

Votes: 1,279

In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him.

Tongue-in-cheek film showing a domestic robot freeing housewives of their chores (and intimating that their work is hardly necessary); actually a promo showing how relays and switches function in the modern automobile. Shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940. // https://archive.org/details/LeaveItt1940

32. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama

94 Metascore

In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 7,502 | Gross: $1.81M

A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

33. Like Crazy (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley

Votes: 58,944 | Gross: $3.41M

Jacob leaves behind his successful design business and visits Anna in London for a few weeks.

34. Major Barbara (1941)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton

Votes: 1,154

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business.

35. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 4,791

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service.

A disillusioned young man joins a grief-stricken older man in building a traditional boat.

37. Robinson Crusoe (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, Felipe de Alba, Chel López

Votes: 3,471

38. Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After making a bet, Steve strands himself on uninhabited island.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Earle Browne, Maria Alba

Votes: 368

40. Seven Journeys (1947)

111 min | Drama, War

A car tells its story and the story of its seven owners during the years of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Gert Schäfer, Erich Schellow, Winnie Markus, Werner Hinz

Votes: 271

A car tells its story and the story of its seven owners during the years of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

41. Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush

Votes: 1,979

A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work

42. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 76,392 | Gross: $2.87M

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

43. The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical