Resources for filmmakers

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1. Film Before Film (1986)

83 min | Documentary

What really happened between the pictures?

Director: Werner Nekes | Star: Werner Nekes

Votes: 124

Cinema before cinema, it's a bit of a mess this film, but to get a broad idea of what came before it's not that bad.

2. Le grand Méliès (1952)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Biography, Drama

A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, André Méliès, Marie-Georges Méliès, François Lallement

Votes: 237

Playful but informative introduction to Mélies and his process.

3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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

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

Votes: 51,617

Predecessor to the modern psychological thriller

4. Sunrise (1927)

Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 44,295

Great stuff.

5. 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: 20,365

M O N T A G E

6. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

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

Votes: 371,740 | Gross: $1.59M

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7. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 9,815

The power of editing in creating illusions

8. At Land (1944)

15 min | Short

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 2,429

"-"

9. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 91,997 | Gross: $9.45M

10. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 16,560

11. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 617,126 | Gross: $4.36M

Highly recommended. How to create suspension by blocking, acting, cinematography. No bs, pure drama.

12. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
Episode: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

225 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,461

13. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 222,117 | Gross: $50.00M

Lumet again, Hollywood style of cinema at it's best

14. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,786

Better than the actual film I'd say

15. My Best Fiend (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 9,704 | Gross: $0.10M

Interesting addition to the title above.

16. Making 'The Shining' (1980 TV Short)

35 min | Documentary, Short

A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

Director: Vivian Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Vivian Kubrick, Terry Needham, Stanley Kubrick

Votes: 2,057

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

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,276 | Gross: $1.32M

Coppola's Burden of Dreams

18. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $0.80M

19. Life (1993)

7 min | Short, Documentary

Poetic essay about the beginning of life from labor pains and birth and about its symbolic meaning.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 375

How imagery and music create the third element, binaural beat type shlt you get me?

20. Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993 TV Movie)

118 min | Documentary, Biography

In a long dialogue, Nagisa Oshima interviews Akira Kurosawa, leading him to share his thoughts about filmmaking, his life and works, and numerous anecdotes relating to his films and his various film activities.

Director: Shizuo Satô | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Ôshima

Votes: 48

21. A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000 Video)

81 min | Documentary

A Documentary in 10 parts covering the filmmaking of Kurosawa around the theme of making the perfect movie or as he says: A Beautyful Movie.

Director: Hisao Kurosawa | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Kazuko Kurosawa

Votes: 90

Good advice. Take what you need, discard the rest.

22. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

The lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and their impact on American cinema.

Director: James Chressanthis | Stars: Karen Black, Peter Bogdanovich, Sandra Bullock, James L. Carter

Votes: 322

23. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,523 | Gross: $0.65M

As inspiration.

24. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 16,019 | Gross: $1.16M

25. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through the contents of about 1,000 boxes of meticulously sorted materials Kubrick left. Ronson... See full summary »

Director: Jon Ronson | Stars: Jon Ronson, Anthony Frewin, Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick

Votes: 1,071

26. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,457

Editing, "assembly", montage.

27. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,856

Entertaining interpretations ("Pervert's Guide to Ideology" is probably superior though)

28. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,683

Probably good as an overview. It's the only documentary of this magnitude I think, so you've got no other choice anyway if you want to learn about the history of cinema by watching moving images.

29. 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: 12,605 | Gross: $0.03M

Film vs. Digital

30. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 128,910 | Gross: $1.53M

In regards to story and acting and the unimportance of doing things "the right way" (editing wise, continuity wise, pre-supposed audience engagement wise).

31. The Beaver Trilogy (2000)

83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

In the 1970's, an ambitious filmmaker visits the small town of Utah to film a talent show.

Director: Trent Harris | Stars: Groovin' Gary, Sean Penn, Crispin Glover, Stefan Arngrim

Votes: 453

Highly recommended

32. Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A chance meeting in a parking lot in 1979 between filmmaker Trent Harris and a young man from Beaver, Utah inspired the creation of an underground film that is now known as Beaver Trilogy. But the film itself is only part of the story.

Director: Brad Besser | Stars: Trent Harris, Groovin' Gary, Bill Hader, Jared Hess

Votes: 139

Does the original justice, great addition.

33. NWR (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2012 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

A documentary about danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Festival in 2011 for Drive. From his childhood to the shooting of his next Movie, ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Duroche | Stars: Mads Brügger, Zlatko Buric, Liv Corfixen, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 282

34. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014)

PG-13 | 58 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Liv Corfixen documents her husband, filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, during the production and release of his movie Only God Forgives (2013).

Director: Liv Corfixen | Stars: Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling, Johnny Andersen

Votes: 1,314

35. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,167 | Gross: $3.17M

In regards to documentary, and the opposition to the "fly-on-the-wall" approach. If you bring a camera into the game it changes EVERYTHING, wether you want it to or not. Might as well USE it to your advantage, and quite possibly get closer to the truth which you might not be able to do by just filming something without commentary or cut.

36. Xavier: Renegade Angel (2007–2009)

TV-MA | 12 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Xavier is a faun-like wanderer/seeker who is traveling across the land to find out the truth about his mysterious origin. Facing rednecks, inflicting righteousness and preaching about the 'strong, silent types' and morality, this hero has his work cut out for him.

Stars: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, Jim Tozzi

Votes: 3,068

The ultimate "postmodern" humorous show, pre-dating the memes of today.

37. Red State (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Horror

50 Metascore

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano

Votes: 59,981 | Gross: $1.10M

In regards to genre, creating expectations and smashing them.

38. Béla Tarr: Regis Dialogue with Howard Feinstein (2008 Video)

Talk-Show

Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr and film critic Howard Feinstein discuss his innovative filmography, punctuated by clips from his films.

Director: Howard Feinstein | Stars: Howard Feinstein, Béla Tarr

Votes: 5

Ignore the idiocy of the interviewer



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