Ne Plus Ultra (Short Films Pre-1970)

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Favorite Films, Short Films Pre-1970,

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1. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 27,723

2. Zero for Conduct (1933)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre, Du Verron

Votes: 7,362

3. A Day in the Country (1946)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello

Votes: 5,387

4. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Classic BBC adaptation of an equally classic ghost story about a skeptical professor on vacation in Norfolk who finds a cursed whistle. Unlike most other episodes of this documentary series about music, this one is live action folk horror.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

Votes: 990

5. The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)

46 min | Drama

Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ... See full summary »

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Igor Fomchenko, Vladimir Zamanskiy, Natalya Arkhangelskaya, Marina Adzhubei

Votes: 5,092

6. The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959)

11 min | Short, Comedy

There is no plot as such. This is a slapstick comedy. It shows a lots of gags.

Directors: Richard Lester, Peter Sellers | Stars: Richard Lester, Peter Sellers, Dick Bentley, Mario Fabrizi

Votes: 571

7. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.

Director: Robert Enrico | Stars: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey

Votes: 3,591

8. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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 to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 8,782

9. The War Game (1966 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,977

10. Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A independent director is faced with artistic difficulty when he asks his actresses to show nudity.

Director: George Kuchar | Stars: Donna Kerness, George Kuchar, Stella Kuchar, Andrea Lunin

Votes: 1,352

11. Men in Black (1934)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges become doctors at a large hospital where they disrupt patients and staff alike.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Carmen Andre

Votes: 1,120

12. De Düva: The Dove (1968)

15 min | Short, Comedy

This short film is a parody of some of Ingmar Bergman's best known films, including Wild Strawberries (Smultronstaellet) and The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet). The dialog, seemingly in... See full summary »

Directors: George Coe, Anthony Lover | Stars: Pamela Burrell, George Coe, Sidney Davis, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 777

13. The Dentist (1932)

Passed | 21 min | Comedy, Short

An unconventional dentist deals with a variety of eccentric and difficult patients in slapstick fashion.

Director: Leslie Pearce | Stars: W.C. Fields, Marjorie Kane, Arnold Gray, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 1,490

14. Cantinflas ruletero (1940)

Comedy, Short

Cantinflas Ruletero is one of his most famous short films, where the great comedian acts as a taxi driver, making his passengers work without taking them to their destination.

Director: Fernando A. Rivero | Stars: Cantinflas, Gloria Marín, María Calvo, Fernando Martínez

Votes: 23

15. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 15,618

16. That Mothers Might Live (1938)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama

The story of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, a pioneer in medical hygiene in hospitals who paid the price from colleagues who refused to believe him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Shepperd Strudwick, John Nesbitt, Rudolph Anders, King Baggot

Votes: 177

17. El despojo (1960)

12 min | Short

An experimental film in which time breaks again and again at the moment of death, where the seconds become whole lives condemned.

Director: Antonio Reynoso | Star: Jorge Martínez de Hoyos

Votes: 20

18. Pop Goes the Easel (1935)

20 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are down and out. With a cop chasing them, they flee into an artists studio where they are mistaken for students. The cop continues to hunt for them and they use a variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bobby Burns

Votes: 670

19. Bérénice (1954)

15 min | Short

A man becomes obsessed with his fiance's teeth.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Teresa Gratia, Éric Rohmer

Votes: 93

21. Bored of Education (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Family, Short

Spanky and Alfalfa fake a tooth-ache to get out of school.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Votes: 244

22. The Fiancés of the Bridge Mac Donald (1961)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A subtitle warns, "Beware of dark sunglasses." Anna and her lover, whose looks in bowler and bow tie are reminiscent of a young Buster Keaton, kiss chastely on a bridge overlooking the ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Luc Godard, Emilienne Caille, Eddie Constantine

Votes: 663

23. La Cucaracha (1934)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Corrigan | Stars: Steffi Duna, Don Alvarado, Paul Porcasi, Eduardo Durant

Votes: 252

24. Stairway to Light (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

The story of 18th Century French physician Dr. Phillipe Pinel, whose initiated enlightened, humane treatment of the mentally ill.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Cording, Lotte Palfi Andor, Dewey Robinson

Votes: 185

25. Woman Haters (1934)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

The stooges join the "Women Haters" club and vow to have nothing to do with the fair sex. Larry marries a girl anyway and attempts to hide the fact from Moe and Curly as they take a train ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Gottler | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Marjorie White

Votes: 848

26. Antoine and Colette (1962)

32 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Antoine Doinel is 17, lives in a hotel and works in a factory making records; he loves music. He falls in love with a woman he meets at a concert. She sees him as a friend, but her parents love him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay, Jean-François Adam

Votes: 3,623

27. So This Is Harris! (1933)

28 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Walter can't stand the singing of Phil Harris - unfortunately, he can't seem to escape it, even on the golf course. His golf partner sympathizes, but when Walter discovers that the fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Phil Harris, Walter Catlett, Helen Collins, June Brewster

Votes: 64

28. The Big Shave (1967)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Horror

In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Peter Bernuth

Votes: 5,535

29. The House I Live In (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama, Music

Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Teddy Infuhr, Harry McKim, Ronnie Ralph

Votes: 532

30. Give Me Liberty (1936)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: John Litel, Nedda Harrigan, Carlyle Moore Jr., Robert Warwick

Votes: 161

31. Restless Knights (1935)

17 min | Short, Comedy

Set in Medieval times, the stooges learn they are of royal blood and vow to save the kingdom. They become the queen's royal guards but are sentenced to die when the queen is abducted on the... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Geneva Mitchell

Votes: 510

32. La cravate (1957)

20 min | Short

A short mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads.

Directors: Saul Gilbert, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Ruth Michelly | Stars: Denise Brossot, Rolande Polya, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Saul Gilbert

Votes: 1,647

33. The Devil's Cabaret (1930)

Passed | 16 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

At "Satan & Co., Inc.", the Devil is upset because too many people are going up to Heaven rather than down to Hades. He gives his assistant, Mr. Burns the task of getting more people to his... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Edward Buzzell, Mary Carlisle, Ann Dvorak, Vera Marshe

Votes: 349

34. Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

Approved | 20 min | Musical, Short, Comedy

In this musical short, a director named Nitvitch, unhappy with the lead actress in his Western, makes an unexpected discovery in the studio cafe where some big stars are being served by a bevy of beautiful singing, dancing waitresses.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Fritz Feld, Kathryn Kane, John Carroll, Charley Foy

Votes: 245

35. Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Short

While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Dan Nachtsheim, Joy Carmichael, David Munson, Marvin Bennett

Votes: 2,213

36. Hamlet, Act I: Scenes IV and V (1933)

6 min | Short, Drama

A 1933 screen test for a proposed, but never filmed, movie version of "Hamlet" in Technicolor, starring John Barrymore - this is the Ghost Scene.

Directors: Margaret Carrington, Robert Edmond Jones | Stars: John Barrymore, Donald Crisp, Reginald Denny, Irving Pichel

Votes: 33

37. Killer-Dog (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Drama, Short

A dog accused of murdering sheep is brought to trial.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, Ralph Byrd, Paul Kruger

Votes: 124

38. Disorder in the Court (1936)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Nick Baskovitch

Votes: 1,743

39. Tit for Tat (1935)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short, Family

After the events in Them Thar Hills (1934), Stan and Ollie encounter their old nemesis whose grocery shop is next to their home appliances store. Unable to let bygones be bygones, a war breaks out. Will those tit-for-tat battles ever end?

Director: Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Charlie Hall

Votes: 1,905

41. They're Always Caught (1938)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Crime

Shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt, Charles Waldron

Votes: 157

42. The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

Passed | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Western

The prodigal son of a Yukon prospector comes home on a night that "ain't fit for man nor beast."

Director: Clyde Bruckman | Stars: W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler, Richard Cramer

Votes: 1,571

43. Cantinflas y su prima (1940)

Short, Comedy

Cantinflas appears flirting with a lady until her lover arrives. Angry, Cantinflas call the husband causing a number of situations.

Director: Carlos Toussaint | Stars: Cantinflas, Chelo Gómez, Wilfrido Moreno, Tito Novaro

Votes: 27

44. Punch Drunks (1934)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Curly is a waiter at a diner where Larry has a job playing music. Moe is a fight manager enjoying a lunch break with his boys. The manager of the diner starts shoving Curly around. Larry ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Breslow | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 1,155

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