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The Best Films of All Time - by Michael Grost
This is the 100th anniversary of the movies. In 1895 the Lumière
brothers first publicly projected a film in Paris. It was a roughly 45
second long documentary, showing the workers leaving the brothers'
factory. Today films are being downloaded on the Internet.
Over the years filmmakers have made films about the movies themselves.
To celebrate the anniversary, here are some of my favorites. Many
of the entries contain other recommended films by the same director.
The list starts off with Classical Hollywood films (1916 - 1972).
It then moves to foreign language films, and then finally to post
1972 Hollywood films, many of which are comedies: the genre modern
Hollywood does best.
Some caveats: it is very difficult to see many foreign films in
the USA. Despite talk of the "Information Superhighway",
such works are simply unobtainable. For example, I have been able
to see very few pre-1950 Japanese films. The non-distribution
of current foreign films is a scandal. For a sample of what we
are missing, see Film Comment's poll of the
Top 150 Foreign Films of the 1990's Unreleased in the US.
Readers will also want to check out critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 100 American Movies.
A Year by Year version of this list is available:
Favorite Films: 1907 - present.
For Television see my lists: Best TV Shows and Best TV Commercials.
See also my lists of Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and High Technology Films,
Best Mystery Movies.
Please mail your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download a free E-book of my mystery stories in
American Silent Films
Key Directors: The Most Important Silent Non-Comedy Filmmakers
Some major silent directors whose career extended into later eras too are listed in other sections:
Cecil B. De Mille, Frank Borzage, Josef von Sternberg, Raoul Walsh, John Ford, Howard Hawks.
The Cry of the Children (George Nichols, 1912)
From the Submerged (Theodore Wharton, 1912)
The Exploits of Elaine: The Life Current (Louis J. Gasnier, George B. Seitz, Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton, 1915)
Fanchon the Cricket (James Kirkwood, 1915)
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Maurice Tourneur, 1915) Figures de cire / Wax Figures, The Wishing Ring,
A Girl's Folly, The Whip, The Poor Little Rich Girl, The Blue Bird, The County Fair, Lorna Doone
Hypocrites (Lois Weber, 1915) Suspense, Idle Wives, Shoes, The Blot
Discontent (Allen G. Siegler, 1916) Scripted by Lois Weber.
Corner in Wheat (D.W. Griffith, 1909) Other Griffith short films: The Curtain Pole;
The Voice of the Violin; The Sealed Room; Ramona; The House With Closed Shutters;
The Fugitive; The New York Hat; A Girl and Her Trust; The Musketeers of Pig Alley;
The Mothering Heart
Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916) Powerful look at the tragedies
caused by religious fanatics through the ages. More relevant today
than ever, unfortunately.
Way Down East (D.W. Griffith, 1920) America
Isn't Life Wonderful (D.W. Griffith, 1924): A young couple copes with life in post W.W.I Germany.
Tom Sawyer (William Desmond Taylor, 1917) Nurse Marjorie, The Soul of Youth.
Unfortunately Taylor is mainly thought of today in terms of his still-unsolved murder.
But he was far more important as a filmmaker.
Daddy-Long-Legs (Marshall Neilan, 1919)
Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920)
The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920) The original Zorro movie.
Blood and Sand, Ben-Hur, The Temptress, The Mysterious Lady
Miss Lulu Bett (William de Mille, 1921)
Outside the Law (Tod Browning, 1921)
London After Midnight (the stills restoration), Dracula
The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley, 1921)
Robin Hood (Allan Dwan, 1922) Dwan was at his commercial peak
in the 1920's: the party in The Great Gatsby was modeled after one thrown by Dwan.
Good early silents by Dwan: The Poisoned Flume, The Distant Relative, Cupid Through Padlocks, David Harum,
The Habit of Happiness, The Half-Breed, Manhattan Madness, He Comes Up Smiling (surviving fragment),
Woman They Almost Lynched (Allan Dwan, 1953)
Other good sound films by Dwan: Chances, Man to Man, Black Sheep,
Suez, The Gorilla, Young People, Trail of the Vigilantes,
Around the World, Abroad with Two Yanks, Brewster's Millions, Driftwood, Calendar Girl,
The Inside Story, Belle Le Grand, Silver Lode, Cattle Queen of Montana, Escape to Burma,
Tennessee's Partner, Slightly Scarlet. Television: It's Always Sunday. High Air
The Toll of the Sea (Chester M. Franklin, 1922) Love story set
in China, shot in spectacular two-color Technicolor. The first feature film in color.
The Young Rajah (Phil Rosen, 1922) Step by Step
Scaramouche (Rex Ingram, 1923) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; The Prisoner of Zenda
Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924) Blind Husbands, Foolish Wives,
The Merry Widow, The Wedding March, Queen Kelly
The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)
Show People (King Vidor, 1928) deals with a slapstick comedy actress who forgets her roots after success.
La Bohème, Street Scene, Lightning Strikes Twice
West Point (Edward Sedgwick, 1927) Spring Fever, Murder in the Fleet
Nice Stuff: Silent Films Worth Seeing
The Evidence of the Film (Lawrence Marston, Edwin Thanhouser, 1913)
Who Pays?: Toil and Tyranny (Harry Harvey, 1915)
The Hazards of Helen: The Escape on the Fast Freight (Helen Holmes, Leo Maloney, 1915)
The Hazards of Helen: Chapter 26 (1915) Engaging episode of a silent serial.
Alice in Wonderland (W.W. Young, 1915)
A Fool There Was (Frank Powell, 1915)
Young Romance (George Melford, 1915)
The Scarlet Car (Joseph De Grasse, 1917)
The Married Virgin (Joseph Maxwell, 1918)
The Grim Game (Irvin Willat, 1919)
Camille (Ray C. Smallwood, 1921) Love story with Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino; superb avant-garde sets.
Beau Brummel (Harry Beaumont, 1923) Our Dancing Daughters
Labor's Reward (no director credited, 1925)
The Flag (Arthur Maude, 1927)
Across to Singapore (William Nigh, 1928) Boy of the Streets
La Course des sergents de ville / The Policemen's Little Run (Ferdinand Zecca, 1906)
Princess Nicotine or The Smoke Fairy (J. Stuart Blackton, 1909)
Trick comedy short, full of still entertaining special effects.
The Man in The Silk Hat (Maud Linder) Compilation of delightful
scenes from the comedies of Max Linder (mainly 1910 - 1914).
Her Crowning Glory (Laurence Trimble, 1911) Comedy short with John
Bunny, and Flora Finch as the sympathetic woman who hopes to marry him.
I strongly identified with the heroine, and her disastrous
problems made me laugh in ways I hadn't experienced before.
A Window on Washington Park.
Algie the Miner (Alice Guy, 1912) Une histoire roulante, L'enfant de la barricade,
The Making of an American Citizen, Falling Leaves, The Ocean Waif
Onésime horloger (Jean Durand, 1912)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (Mack Sennett, 1914). Early comedy
feature, full of fun. Shorts: The Grocery Clerk's Romance,
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life
The Knockout (Charles Avery, 1914)
Pool Sharks (Edwin Middleton, 1915)
Coney Island (Roscoe Arbuckle, 1917) The Garage, The Red Mill.
Down on the Farm (Ray Grey, F. Richard Jones, Erle C. Kenton, 1920)
Neighbors (1920). Other outstanding Buster Keaton short films:
The High Sign, One Week, Hard Luck, Cops, The Haunted House, The
Scarecrow, The Frozen North, The Electric House.
Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone, 1923).
Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924). Movie projectionist Buster
Keaton falls asleep and dreams his way into the mystery movie
he is showing. Keaton's comedies show great visual imagination.
The Navigator, Go West, Seven Chances, Battling Butler, The General,
College, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925) Chaplin plays a prospector.
The scene where a starving Chaplin, trapped in his frozen cabin,
boils and eats his shoe is famous. Outstanding short films:
Burlesque on Carmen, One A.M., The Pawnshop, The Rink, The Cure,
Easy Street, Sunnyside, The Idle Class, Pay Day, The Pilgrim
The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940) Chaplin's anti-Hitler
satire, and his first film with dialogue. The Kid, City Lights,
Never Weaken (1921) Harold Lloyd made a large number of really
good short films. Among the best: Young Mr. Jazz,
Captain's Kidd's Kids, From Hand to Mouth, His Royal Slyness, An Eastern Westerner,
Number, Please?, Now or Never, Among Those Present
High and Dizzy (1920) Harold Lloyd's chair gets caught up by a
crane on a tall building. Other Lloyd films in which he dangles
from high buildings: Safety Last, Feet First (the skyscraper finale
is a gem, the rest of this film is slow moving)
Girl Shy (Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1924) Lloyd plays a naive
country boy who finds true love in the city. Has a much imitated
chase finale, when he tries to get to church in time to rescue
his girlfriend. Other good Lloyd features: The Freshman, For Heaven's
Sake, Mad Wednesday
The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde, 1927) Loose Ankles
The Busher (Jerome Storm, 1919)
Souls for Sale (Rupert Hughes, 1923)
Family Life (Robert P. Kerr, 1924) Zany comedy short about a family,
and their moves to various homes.
Peg o' the Mounted (Alfred J. Goulding, 1924)
The Rag Man (Edward F. Cline, 1925)
The Clinging Vine (Paul Sloane, 1926)
Hands Up! (Clarence Badger, 1926) Raymond Griffith is a traveling
magician out West. Delightful. Also: It.
The Strong Man (Frank Capra, 1926) Harry Langdon plays a veteran
who goes to work as a stage Strong Man's assistant.
Play Safe (Joseph Henabery, 1927) Monty Banks comedy, with finale
in a factory and on a train. Full of stunts and thrills.
The Battle of the Century (Clyde Bruckman, 1927) Laurel and Hardy short, with a giant pie fight.
Key Directors: The Most Important Western Filmmakers
The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, 1903) Jack and the Beanstalk
(1902), Life of an American Fireman, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906).
Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (Gilbert M. Anderson, 1912)
The Covered Wagon (James Cruze, 1923) The Roaring Road, The Mating Call
3 Bad Men (John Ford, 1926) Bucking Broadway, Hell Bent, Just Pals,
The Village Blacksmith (surviving fragment); The Blue Eagle, Four Sons,
Hangman's House, Born Reckless, Up the River, Air Mail, Pilgrimage, The Lost Patrol,
The Prisoner of Shark Island, Wee Willie Winkie, Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath,
How Green Was My Valley, They Were Expendable, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache,
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wagon Master, Rio Grande, When Willie Comes Marching Home, The Quiet Man, Mogambo,
The Long Gray Line, The Searchers, The Rising of the Moon, The Last Hurrah, The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge,
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Donovan's Reef, Cheyenne Autumn, 7 Women
The Phantom Empire (Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason, 1935) Western-science fiction serial.
Scarlet River (Otto Brower, 1933) Interesting Western set on a movie location shooting a Western movie.
California Frontier (Elmer Clifton, 1938)
They Died with Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh, 1941) Other Walsh
adventure films: What Price Glory, The Red Dance, The Big Trail, They Drive by Night, Manpower,
Desperate Journey, Background to Danger, Silver River, Along the Great Divide,
Captain Horatio Hornblower, The World in His Arms, Sea Devils,
Gun Fury, A Lion Is in the Streets, Saskatchewan, Battle Cry, The Revolt of Mamie Stover,
Band of Angels, The Naked and the Dead, Esther and the King, A Distant Trumpet
Glory Alley (Raoul Walsh, 1952) Other Walsh musicals:
Every Night at Eight, Artists and Models, College Swing, The Man I Love
Sailor's Luck (Raoul Walsh, 1933) Other Walsh comedies:
The Lucky Lady, What Price Glory, Gentleman Jim, The Horn Blows at Midnight,
Cheyenne, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, Marines, Lets Go!
White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949) Other Walsh gangster films:
Regeneration, The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra
The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953) The Bamboo Blonde, Desperate,
Railroaded!, T-Men, Raw Deal, He Walked By Night,
The Black Book/Reign of Terror, Border Incident, Side Street, Winchester 73, Devil's Doorway, The Man from Laramie,
The Tin Star, Man of the West, Cimarron, The Heroes of Telemark, A Dandy in Aspic
Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher, 1956) One Mysterious Night,
Behind Locked Doors, Horizons West, Seminole, The Man From the Alamo, Wings of the Hawk,
The Tall T, Decision at Sundown, Buchanan Rides Alone, Ride Lonesome, Westbound,
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond.
Reprisal! (George Sherman, 1956) More good Westerns: Overland Stage Raiders;
Black Bart; Dawn at Socorro; Chief Crazy Horse, Comanche; The Hard Man; Rawhide: Incident of the Dog Days.
Crime & mystery films: A Scream in the Dark; Mystery Broadcast; Crime Doctor's Courage;
Naked City: Dust Devil on a Quiet Street.
- Public Defender: Think No Evil
- The Count of Monte Cristo: The Affair of the Three Napoleons
- Maverick: The War of the Silver Kings, Point Blank, According to Hoyle
- The Rifleman: Stopover
Zorro's Fighting Legion (John English, William Witney, 1939)
Riders in the Sky (John English, 1949) The Virginian: A Killer in Town.
Spoilers of the Plains (William Witney, 1951)
- Wagon Train: The Stagecoach Story.
- The Virginian: Big Image... Little Man; A Man of the People.
Joe Dakota (Richard Bartlett, 1957) Television series:
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Frank McDonald, 1963) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp:
- Wagon Train: The Daniel Barrister Story; The Sacramento Story.
- Laredo: The Small Chance Ghost.
Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah, 1962) The Ballad of Cable Hogue,
Junior Bonner, The Osterman Weekend. Television series:
- The Westerner: Brown; The Courtship of Libby; The Painting.
- Stage 67: Noon Wine.
Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (Robert Ellis Miller, 1978) Her Life as a Man
Unbowed (Nanci Rossov, 1999)
Nice Stuff: Western Films Worth Seeing
The Sergeant (Francis Boggs, 1910)
Mexican Filibusters (Kenean Buel, 1911)
The Better Man (Rollin S. Sturgeon, 1912)
Salomy Jane (Lucius Henderson, William Nigh, 1914)
Last of the Line (Jay Hunt, 1914)
Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (no director credited, 1914)
Hell's Hinges (William S. Hart, Charles Swickard, 1916)
Legal Advice (Tom Mix, 1916)
Tumbleweeds (King Baggott, 1925) Beautifully photographed Western.
The Great K&A Train Robbery (Lewis Seiler, 1926) Enthusiastic
Tom Mix Western, in which he battles a gang of train robbers.
Tom Mix had been a real cowboy, and was the best rider of all
screen Western stars. Flight Angels, Molly and Me
Massacre (Alan Crosland, 1934) The Enemies of Women (first two reels)
Dude Cowboy (David Howard, 1941)
Wells Fargo Days (Mack V. Wright, 1944)
The Plainsman and the Lady (Joseph Kane, 1946) Public Cowboy No. 1; Gold Mine in the Sky;
Colorado; In Old Sacramento; The Last Bandit. Television series:
Cheyenne Takes Over (Ray Taylor, 1947) West to Glory; Stage to Mesa City; The Tioga Kid
- Cheyenne: Big Ghost Basin
- Laramie: Mountain Men, Among the Missing.
The Rough, Tough West (Ray Nazarro, 1952) Hoedown
Target (Stuart Gilmore, 1952)
The Redhead from Wyoming (Lee Sholem, 1953) Many TV episodes.
The Proud Ones (Robert D. Webb, 1956)
Star in the Dust (Charles F. Haas, 1956)
Fury at Gunsight Pass (Fred F. Sears, 1956)
Tomahawk Trail (Lesley Selander, 1957) Blackmail (1947).
The Wild and the Innocent (Jack Sher, 1959) Four Girls in Town
Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein, 1965) Rich Men, Single Women.
- Twilight Zone: The Obsolete Man.
Ride the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1966) The Beast From Haunted Cave, The Shooting, Two Lane Blacktop
The Ride to Hangman's Tree (Alan Rafkin, 1967) Another April
Support Your Local Gunfighter (Burt Kennedy, 1971) The Money Trap,
Hannie Caulder, The Train Robbers.
- Lawman: The Long Gun; The Wanted Man; Cort
- Simon & Simon: The List
Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1990)
German Expressionism and Film Noir
Key Directors: The Most Important Noir and Expressionist Filmmakers
Fury (Fritz Lang, 1936) The Spiders Part I: The Golden Sea; Der
Müde Tod, Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler, Siegfried, Metropolis,
Spione/Spies, Frau in Mond / Woman in the Moon, M, Testament of Dr. Mabuse
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) You and Me, Man Hunt, Ministry
of Fear, Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, Secret Beyond the Door,
House by the River, Clash By Night, Rancho Notorious, The Blue Gardenia,
Moonfleet, While the City Sleeps, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,
The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
Sunrise (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927) Schloss Vogelöd, Nosferatu, Phantom,
Der Letzte Mann / The Last Laugh, Tartuffe.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
Geheimnisse einer Seele / Secrets of a Soul (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1926)
The Bat (Roland West, 1926) The Monster, The Bat Whispers
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) The Lodger,
Easy Virtue, Champagne, Number Seventeen, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934),
The 39 Steps, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes, Foreign Correspondent,
Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound, Rope, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train,
I Confess, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, Vertigo, North By Northwest,
Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Family Plot.
TV shows: Breakdown, Arthur, The Horseplayer, I Saw the Whole Thing.
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) Too Much Johnson,
The Magnificent Ambersons, The Fountain of Youth
The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1948) Other good mysteries
by Welles: Journey into Fear, The Stranger, Mr. Arkadin, Touch of Evil
The Immortal Story (Orson Welles, 1969) Perhaps the most beautiful
color film ever made. See also below under Shakespeare films.
It's All True, Around the World with Orson Welles, Vienna, Filming 'The Trial'.
The Patient in Room 18 (Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur, 1938)
Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944) The Spiral Staircase,
The Killers, Criss Cross, The File on Thelma Jordon
Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945) Paranoid classic about a hitchhiker
who encounters every sort of terrifying problem. The Black Cat,
American Matchmaker, Tomorrow We Live, Girls in Chains, Isle of Forgotten Sins / Monsoon, Jive Junction,
Strange Illusion, Her Sister's Secret, Carnegie Hall, Ruthless, The Pirates of Capri,
The Man From Planet X, St. Benny the Dip, Murder Is My Beat,
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, Beyond the Time Barrier
The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948)
Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953) The Dark Corner; Call Northside 777;
Rawhide; Diplomatic Courier; The Bottom of the Bottle; 23 Paces to Baker Street
The Street With No Name (William Keighley, 1948) No Time for Comedy
Code Two (Fred M. Wilcox, 1953) Shadow in the Sky, Forbidden Planet
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
China Gate (Samuel Fuller, 1957) I Shot Jesse James, The Baron
of Arizona, The Steel Helmet, Park Row, Run of The Arrow, Verboten!,
The Crimson Kimono, Underworld U.S.A., Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963) The Naked Kiss
Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger, 1965) Laura, A Royal Scandal,
Fallen Angel, Daisy Kenyon, Whirlpool, Where the Sidewalk Ends,
River of No Return, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Man With the Golden Arm,
Advise and Consent, The Cardinal, Skidoo, Such Good Friends
The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson, 1955) Live Wires, Bowery Bombshell,
The Texas Rangers, Scandal Sheet, Kansas City Confidential, 99 River Street, They Rode West,
Tight Spot, Gunman's Walk, The Scarface Mob, Hell to Eternity
The Lawless (Joseph Losey, 1950) A Gun in His Hand, Time Without Pity, Boom!, A Doll's House
Crime Wave (André de Toth, 1954) Passport to Suez, Slattery's Hurricane, Man in the Saddle,
Carson City, Springfield Rifle, Riding Shotgun, The Two-Headed Spy, Day of the Outlaw
Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944) They All Come Out;
Nick Carter, Master Detective; I Walked With a Zombie, Canyon Passage, Out of the Past, Berlin Express;
Stars in My Crown; The Flame and the Arrow, Appointment in Honduras, Stranger on Horseback, Wichita,
Great Day in the Morning, Nightfall, Night of the Demon; The Fearmakers.
Short films: The Magic Alphabet, The Romance of Radium, The Grand Bounce, The Jonker Diamond,
Harnessed Rhythm, Killer-Dog. Television:
Private Hell 36 (Don Siegel, 1954) Star in the Night,
Riot in Cell Block 11, Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
Madigan, The Black Windmill, Jinxed. Also: Blues in the Night: montage sequences.
- General Electric Theater: Into the Night.
- Cool and Lam.
- The Barbara Stanwyck Show: The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan, Dragon by the Tail, Frightened Doll.
- T.H.E. Cat: The Ring of Anasis.
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) World for Ransom;
The Garment Jungle; Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte; The Longest Yard; The Frisco Kid
The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955) One of the most important
and creative makers of Westerns and noir films. The Spy Ring, Border Wolves, The Last
Stand, Blazing Six Shooters, The Man from Tumbleweeds, The Return of Wild Bill,
That Gang of Mine, Pride of the Bowery, Invisible Ghost,
The Silver Bullet, Boss of Hangtown Mesa, Bombs Over Burma, The Falcon in San Francisco,
My Name is Julia Ross, So Dark the Night, The Swordsman, The Return of October,
The Undercover Man, Gun Crazy, A Lady Without Passport,
Cry of the Hunted, Man On A Bus, A Lawless Street, The Halliday Brand,
Terror in a Texas Town. Television:
Follow Me Quietly (Richard Fleischer, 1949) This hour long B movie
about the hunt for a serial killer is a triumph of direction,
photography and storytelling. Much less gruesome than modern serial
killer stories. Bodyguard, Armored Car Robbery, The Narrow Margin,
Violent Saturday, Fantastic Voyage, Soylent Green.
- The Rifleman: All 49 episodes.
- The Fat Man.
- The Detectives: The Hiding Place
- Daniel Boone: Pompey.
- Branded: The Vindicators.
- The Big Valley: Night of the Wolf.
Homicidal (William Castle, 1961) Truly bizarre little thriller
whose plot is always taking unexpected turns. When Strangers Marry / Betrayed;
Mark of the Whistler; Voice of the Whistler; Crime Doctor's Warning;
Conquest of Cochise; Battle of Rogue River; Masterson of Kansas;
House on Haunted Hill; The Night Walker; Straight-Jacket
Nice Stuff: Noir Films Worth Seeing
The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale 1935) The Old Dark House,
The Invisible Man, Remember Last Night?, The Great Garrick
Seven Keys to Baldpate (Reginald Barker, 1929) The Great Divide
Tear Gas Squad (Terry Morse, 1940) Smashing the Money Ring, A Fugitive from Justice
The Get-Away (Edward Buzzell, 1941)
This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942) The Studio Murder Mystery
The Locket (John Brahm, 1946)
Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947) Son of Fury, The Racket
Crack-Up (Irving Reis, 1946) Hitler's Children
Shadow of a Woman (Joseph Santley, 1946)
Homicide (Felix Jacoves, 1949)
Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan, 1950) Gentleman's Agreement, Wild River
Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950) Journey into Fear (with Orson Welles)
The Tattooed Stranger (Edward Montagne, 1950)
Mystery Street (John Sturges, 1950) The Girl in White;
The Scarlet Coat; Last Train from Gun Hill
No Questions Asked (Harold F. Kress, 1951)
Tomorrow Is Another Day (Felix E. Feist, 1951)
The Man Who Cheated Himself; The Man Behind the Gun. Shorts: Take a Cue
The Glass Wall (Maxwell Shane, 1953)
Vice Squad (Arnold Laven, 1953) Down Three Dark Streets, The Rifleman: The Women
City That Never Sleeps (John H. Auer, 1953)
Suddenly (Lewis Allen, 1954)
Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) is a drama about a decayed
silent movie queen, who lives in a Hollywood mansion with her
director-turned-butler Max, played by real life great director
Erich von Stroheim. Wilder's sort of thematic sequel, Fedora.
Witness For the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1958). The best courtroom
drama ever made. Charles Laughton is fabulously articulate and
dramatic as the defense attorney; all by itself, the scene where
is calls witness Marlene Dietrich a liar is worth the price of
admission. Other plays: Stalag 17.
Avanti! (Billy Wilder, 1972). One of the best of the comedies
in which Wilder specialized later. Sabrina; One, Two, Three;
The Fortune Cookie
Good Numbers in Early Sound Musicals:
Spring Is Here (John Francis Dillon, 1930)
- The Broadway Melody: The Wedding of the Painted Doll (1929)
- Gold Diggers of Broadway: Surviving Fragment (1929)
- The Show of Shows: Finale (1929)
42nd Street (Choreographer: Busby Berkeley, 1933) Whoopee!, Golddiggers
of 1933, Footlight Parade, Dames, The Gang's All Here, Small Town
The Red Shadow (Roy Mack, 1932) This is a 20 minute version of
"The Desert Song". Roy Mack was a prolific director
of short musical films in the 1930's. Many are as good as the
famous feature length musicals of the era. Artistic Temper, Mirrors.
Diplomaniacs (William A. Seiter, 1933) Why Be Good?, Roberta, Three Blind Mice,
You Were Never Lovelier
Old Man Rhythm (Edward Ludwig, 1935)
Swingtime (George Stevens, 1936) The best of all Fred Astaire
and Ginger Rogers movies. A Damsel in Distress, which has Fred
Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen, both of whom can really
dance, much to my surprise. Has gem of dance sequence at amusement
That Girl From Paris (Leigh Jason, 1936)
Something To Sing About (Victor Schertzinger, 1937) He also did
the excellent Grace Moore opera film, One Night of Love (1934).
Redskin, The Woman Between, The Fleet's In
Carefree (Mark Sandrich, 1938) A Woman Rebels
Alexander's Ragtime Band (Henry King, 1938) Remember the Day,
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
When the Clouds Roll By: Dream Sequences, The Mollycoddle, Mantrap, The Wet Parade
Little Nellie Kelly (Norman Taurog, 1940) Broadway Melody of 1940; That Midnight Kiss; Rich, Young and Pretty;
It Happened at the World's Fair; Palm Springs Weekend
Springtime in the Rockies (Irving Cummings, 1942) The Story of
Alexander Graham Bell, Lillian Russell, My Gal Sal
Hello, Frisco, Hello (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1943) The Dragon Murder Case,
I Wake Up Screaming, Sun Valley Serenade, She's Working Her Way Through College, The Desert Song
The Jolson Story (Alfred E. Green, 1946) Union Depot.
Something in the Wind (Irving Pichel, 1947) The Man I Married, And Now Tomorrow
It's A Great Feeling (David Butler, 1949) Butler did many "backstage"
looks at show business. Sunnyside Up, Pigskin Parade, Playmates,
They Got Me Covered, Shine On Harvest Moon, Tea For Two, Calamity Jane
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Roy Rowland, 1953) Unique fantasy
musical, written by Dr. Seuss. Also: Two Weeks With Love.
Call Me Madam (Walter Lang, 1953)
Bells Are Ringing (Vincente Minnelli, 1960) Cabin in the Sky,
Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies, The Clock, Yolanda and the Thief,
Undercurrent, The Pirate, Father's Little Dividend,
An American in Paris, Lovely to Look At, The Band Wagon, The Long, Long Trailer,
Brigadoon, The Cobweb, Tea and Sympathy, Designing Woman, Gigi, The Reluctant Debutante,
Some Came Running, Home from the Hill, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sandpiper,
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, A Matter of Time
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Charles Walters, 1964) Good News,
Easter Parade, The Glass Slipper, Billy Rose's Jumbo
Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen 1952) is a musical
comedy about the transition to talkies. On the Town; It's Always Fair Weather
Deep in My Heart (Stanley Donen, 1954) Funny Face, The Pajama
Game, Damn Yankees, Indiscreet, Charade
I Love Melvin (Don Weis, 1953) Just This Once; Billie; Burke's
The Benny Goodman Story (Valentine Davies, 1955) Davies also wrote
the story for Miracle on 34th Street.
Untamed Youth (Howard W. Koch, 1957)
Merry Andrew (Michael Kidd, 1958)
Hollywood Sound Films: Drama
Key Directors: The Most Important Drama Filmmakers
Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg, 1931) Perhaps the best of Sternberg's
seven films with Marlene Dietrich. This tale casts Dietrich as
a glamorous Mata Hari like spy in World War I. When facing the
firing squad at the end of the movie, Dietrich insists on being
dressed to the nines: as she puts it, I want to die in the uniform
in which I served my country. Sternberg had few equals in the
ability to treat film as a visual spectacle. Other Dietrich films
by Sternberg: The Blue Angel, Morocco, Shanghai Express, Blonde
Venus, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil Is a Woman.
Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg, 1929) Sternberg was the pioneer
of the gangster movie, and this emotional drama about a gang leader
on death row shows Sternberg's ability to light a slow fire under
his audience. Made in the first year of sound films, and one of
the best of the early talkies, the film acts as if the world of
sound had been discovered for the first time, with brilliant,
unusual speech rhythms, unique pacing, and emotion charged black
spirituals on the sound track. The Salvation Hunters, Underworld, The Last Command,
The Docks of New York, An American Tragedy, The Shanghai Gesture, Macao.
Broadway (Paul Fejos, 1929) Lonesome; The Last Performance
Man's Castle (Frank Borzage, 1932) Borzage was one of the screen's
best directors of romances. Little known fact: Borzage and Raoul
Walsh were friends when they worked at Fox in the early 30's.
The Pitch O'Chance, Until They Get Me, Back Pay, Lazybones, 7th Heaven, Lucky Star,
A Farewell to Arms, Stranded, Green Light, History Is Made at Night,
Big City, The Shining Hour, The Mortal Storm, Stagedoor Canteen.
Screen Director's Playhouse: Day Is Done, The Day I Met Caruso.
Cleopatra (Cecil B. De Mille, 1934) Spectacle film about the famous
Egyptian Queen (Claudette Colbert) and her fights with the Roman
Empire. Short compared with modern epics (an hour and a half),
fast paced, and filled with eye-popping visual detail. People
sometimes chortle over De Mille's sugar coating of history, but
the fact remains, that if more films like this were made today,
Americans would not be so ignorant about history. The Golden Chance,
Don't Change Your Husband, Why Change Your Wife?, the silent version
of The Ten Commandments, The Buccaneer, The Story of Dr. Wassell.
Parnell (John M. Stahl, 1937) Imitation of Life, Keys of the Kingdom, Leave Her to Heaven
Intruder in the Dust (Clarence Brown, 1949) The Signal Tower, The Eagle,
Possessed, Looking Forward, Chained, The Rains Came, Angels in the Outfield, When in Rome
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956) They Live By Night, Born
to be Bad, On Dangerous Ground, Johnny Guitar
Giant (George Stevens, 1956) The Boyfriends, Annie Oakley,
The Talk of the Town, The More the Merrier, I Remember Mama. See also under Musicals.
Take Me To Town (Douglas Sirk, 1953) A kind hearted saloon singer
(Ann Sheridan) marries a preacher in this Western comedy-drama,
and brings new liveliness to his family and congregation. Gracefully
made, as are most of Sirk's films. A Scandal in Paris; Sleep, My Love;
Slightly French; Has Anybody Seen My Gal; Meet Me at the Fair
All I Desire (Douglas Sirk, 1953) Sign of the Pagan, All That
Heaven Allows, Tarnished Angels, A Time to Love and a Time to Die
The Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman, 1948)
The Man Who Talked Too Much, Old Acquaintance, Mr. Skeffington, Backfire
Strange Lady in Town (Mervyn LeRoy, 1955) Little Caesar, Heat Lightning,
The King and the Chorus Girl, Fools for Scandal, The Devil at 4 O'Clock
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) Mickey One, The Chase, Little Big Man, Dead of Winter
The Nickel Ride (Robert Mulligan, 1974) Fear Strikes Out;
The Great Impostor; Come September; To Kill a Mockingbird;
Love With the Proper Stranger; Baby the Rain Must Fall;
Same Time, Next Year; Kiss Me Goodbye; The Man in the Moon.
- Suspense: The Crooked Frame, The Blue Panther, The Invisible Killer, F.O.B. Vienna.
- Studio One: The Defender.
Nice Stuff: Drama Films Worth Seeing
The Wild Party (Dorothy Arzner, 1929) Nana
Weary River (Frank Lloyd, 1929) The Divine Lady, Berkeley Square
The Voice of the City (Willard Mack, 1929)
The Painted Veil (Richard Boleslawski, 1934)
We Live Again (Rouben Mamoulian, 1934) Love Me Tonight, Golden Boy,
The Mark of Zorro, Summer Holiday, Silk Stockings
The Princess Comes Across (William K. Howard, 1936)
Internes Can't Take Money (Alfred Santell, 1937)
Within the Law (Gustav Machaty, 1939)
The Guilty Generation (Rowland V. Lee, 1931)
Shopworn (Nick Grinde, 1932) Public Wedding
A Night To Remember (Richard Wallace, 1943) The Masquerader
Bengal Brigade (Laslo Benedek, 1954) The Wild One. The Outer Limits: The Man with the Power
Little Fugitive (Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, Ray Ashley, 1953)
Elephant Walk (William Dieterle, 1954) The Devil's in Love; From Headquarters
Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman, 1954)
The Purple Plain (Robert Parrish, 1955) Cry Danger
Storm Center (Daniel Taradash, 1956)
The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958) Broken Lance
The Conspirators (Jean Negulesco, 1944) Hedy Lamarr stars in this
spy story. Most notable for the beauty of its photography (by
Arthur Edeson) and production values. You might want to turn off
the volume and just watch the succession of beautiful images silent.
Woman's World. See also his short films of ballet: The Gay Parisian, Spanish Fiesta.
Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding, 1939) The Great Lie, The Razor's Edge
Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper, 1942)
High Wall (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947) Million Dollar Baby, My Reputation
Scaramouche (George Sidney, 1952) Hollywood Hobbies, The Harvey Girls, A Ticklish Affair
Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1955)
Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz, 1935) The Kennel Murder Case,
Female, Dodge City, The Unsuspected, The Man in the Net
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Nunnally Johnson, 1956)
Sunrise at Campobello (Vincent J. Donehue, 1960) Peter Pan
Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, 1963) Cinderella, Father Goose
Key Directors: The Most Important Comedy Filmmakers
Madame Dubarry (Ernst Lubitsch, 1920). Lubitsch got his start
directing historical epics, which combined spectacle with saucy
looks at the personal lives of famous men and women. Das Fidele
Gefängnis / The Merry Jail; I Don't Want To Be a Man; The
Oyster Princess; The Doll; the silent version of Lady Windermere's Fan; The
Student Prince in Old Heidelberg; Eternal Love
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940). The Love Parade, Monte Carlo,
The Smiling Lieutenant, Trouble in Paradise, Design For Living,
The Merry Widow, Angel, Ninotchka, To Be Or Not To Be
Scarface (Howard Hawks 1932) The Dawn Patrol, The Crowd Roars, Barbary Coast, Come and Get It,
Land of the Pharaohs
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks 1940) Paid to Love, A Girl in Every Port,
Twentieth Century, Ball of Fire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Man's Favorite Sport?
Hatari! (Howard Hawks 1962) Red River, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Rio Lobo
Bed of Roses (Gregory La Cava, 1932) Womanhandled, Smart Woman, Symphony of Six Million,
The Half Naked Truth, What Every Woman Knows, My Man Godfrey,
Fifth Avenue Girl, Primrose Path, Living In a Big Way
Lady Killer (Roy Del Ruth, 1933) The dynamic James Cagney plays
a small time hood who winds up in Hollywood. Packs a vast amount
of plot twists in a short running time. Life of the Party, The
Maltese Falcon, The Little Giant, Kid Millions, Thanks a Million,
On the Avenue, Broadway Melody of 1938, My Lucky Star; Broadway Rhythm; The West Point Story;
On Moonlight Bay; Starlift; Stop, You're Killing Me; The Alligator People
Lady For a Day (Frank Capra, 1933) Platinum Blonde, The Miracle
Woman, American Madness, Forbidden, It Happened One Night,
You Can't Take It With You
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939) Capra's political
film, about an idealistic young senator (Jimmy Stewart) and his
fight with a crooked political machine. Meet John Doe,
It's a Wonderful Life, Pocketful of Miracles
Let Us Be Gay (Robert Z. Leonard, 1930) Leonard's best films seem
to be gentle, upbeat combinations of sophisticated comedy and
drama. His characters are remarkably refined and genteel. Many
of his films seem to involve romantic duels between men and women.
His characters also often struggle against injustice, often being
victimized by more powerful people. Delicious Little Devil, Dancing Lady,
After Office Hours, Piccadilly Jim, Pride and Prejudice, Stand by for Action,
In the Good Old Summertime
Stand-In (Tay Garnett, 1937) Slave Ship, The Joy Of Living, Seven
Sinners, The Valley of Decision, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939) Life Begins at Forty, Hold That Coed,
Valley of the Sun, True To Life, Perils of Pauline, The Mating Game
Travels With My Aunt (George Cukor, 1972) Tarnished Lady,
Our Betters, The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, A Double Life, Born Yesterday,
Pat and Mike, The Actress, It Should Happen to You, A Star Is Born, Bhowani Junction, Les Girls,
Let's Make Love, Something's Got to Give (fragment), My Fair Lady, The Blue Bird
Golden Earrings (Mitchell Leisen, 1947) The Eagle and The Hawk,
Murder at the Vanities,
Artists and Models Abroad, Midnight, The Lady Is Willing, To Each His Own, The Mating Season
Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1942) is a comedy about a
film director who wants to make a film about the Depression. Sturges
was Hollywood's most gifted satirist. The Great McGinty, Christmas
in July, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Moment, The Miracle of
Morgan's Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, Mad Wednesday
Going My Way (Leo McCarey, 1944) Duck Soup, Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Caprice (Frank Tashlin, 1967) Son of Paleface, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?,
The Geisha Boy, Cinderfella, It's Only Money, The Disorderly Orderly, The Glass Bottom Boat.
Tashlin also scripted The Good Humor Man.
A Shot in the Dark (Blake Edwards, 1964) Return of the Pink Panther,
Son of the Pink Panther
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (Blake Edwards, 1966) Bring
Your Smile Along, High Time, Peter Gunn (pilot), The Great Race, Darling Lili
Victor Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982) Blind Date, Switch.
The semi-autobiographical films: S.O.B., That's Life!
The Trouble With Angels (Ida Lupino, 1966) TV series episodes:
- Have Gun - Will Travel: Charley Red Dog; The Day of the Bad Man; The Lady on the Wall; Lady with a Gun
- Gilligan's Island: The Producer
- The Virginian: Deadeye Dick
Nice Stuff: Comedy Films Worth Seeing
The Mystery of Mr. X (Edgar Selwyn, 1934) Turn Back the Clock
The Cocoanuts (Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, 1929)
Horse Feathers (Norman Z. MacLeod, 1932) Monkey Business, The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935) Beyond the Rocks; So This
Is College; Huddle; The Devil and Miss Jones
A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo, 1946)
Hide-Out (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934) The Lady of the Dugout,
White Shadows in the South Seas, Penthouse. Nelson Eddy - Jeanette MacDonald
movies: Naughty Marietta, Sweethearts and the MacDonald San Francisco
The Good Humor Man (Lloyd Bacon, 1950) Miss Pinkerton, The Irish in Us,
Three Cheers for the Irish, Footsteps in the Dark, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, It Happens Every Spring
Search for Beauty (Erle C. Kenton, 1934)
The Traveling Saleslady (Ray Enright, 1935) Sing Me a Love Song, Trail Street
Double Wedding (Richard Thorpe, 1937) Zany screwball fun with
the team of William Powell and Myrna Loy, better known for their
Thin Man detective movies. Murder on the Campus; Above Suspicion;
Her Highness and the Bellboy; The Great Caruso; The Prisoner of Zenda; Athena
Spring Madness (S. Sylvan Simon, 1938)
Good Girls Go to Paris (Alexander Hall, 1939)
Q Planes (Tim Whelan, 1939) Higher and Higher
The Invisible Woman (A. Edward Sutherland, 1941) International House;
Having Wonderful Crime
Princess O'Rourke (Norman Krasna, 1943)
Christmas in Connecticut (Peter Godfrey, 1945)
Good Morning, Miss Dove (Henry Koster, 1955) First Love,
It Started With Eve, Music for the Millions
The Law and the Lady (Edwin H. Knopf, 1951)
As Young as You Feel (Harmon Jones, 1951)
Lover Come Back (Delbert Mann, 1961)
Pollyanna (David Swift, 1960)
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963) Inherit the Wind
The Brass Bottle (Harry Keller, 1964) Tammy Tell Me True
RKO and B Movies
Shooting Straight (George Archainbaud, 1930) Framed, The Silver
Horde, The Penguin Pool Murder, The Lost Squadron, Three Who Loved,
Keep Em Rolling, Hunt the Man Down, Last of the Pony Riders, Gene Autry TV episodes
Lovin' the Ladies (Melville Brown, 1930)
The Runaway Bride (Donald Crisp, 1930)
Hell's Highway (Roland Brown, 1932)
Emergency Call (Edward L. Cahn, 1933) Radio Patrol; Bad Guy; Destination: Murder;
Creature with the Atom Brain; It! The Terror from Beyond Space,
The Police Dog Story; You Have to Run Fast
Midshipman Jack (Christy Cabanne, 1933) You Can't Beat Love
Bombay Mail (Edward L. Marin, 1934)
The Silver Streak (Thomas Atkins, 1934) A nice early train movie.
Grand Old Girl (John Robertson, 1935) The Phantom of Paris
Murder in the Big House (B. Reeves Eason, 1942)
The Witness Chair (George Nicholls, Jr., 1936)
Wanted: Jane Turner (Edward Killy, 1936)
The Plot Thickens (Ben Holmes, 1936) There Goes My Girl, Maid's
Night Out, The Saint in New York
Two in the Dark (Benjamin Stoloff, 1936) Palooka, To Beat the Band,
The Lady and the Mob. The Mysterious Doctor
The Man Who Found Himself (Lew Landers, 1937) They Wanted to Marry,
Double Danger, Sky Giant, Conspiracy, Alias Boston Blackie, Murder in Times Square,
Cowboy Canteen, The Power of the Whistler, Under the Tonto Rim, The Magic Carpet
Music For Madame (John Blystone, 1937) Opera film with tenor Nino
Martini. Blystone was Buster Keaton's codirector on Our Hospitality.
The Mad Miss Manton (Leigh Jason, 1937)
Exile Express (Otis Garrett, 1939)
Play Girl (Frank Woodruff, 1940) Lady Scarface
Double Cross (Albert H. Kelley, 1941)
The Falcon's Brother (Stanley Logan, 1942)
The Falcon's Adventure (William Berke, 1946)
Air Hawks (Albert S. Rogell, 1935)
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (William Clemens, 1939) Nancy Drew, Reporter
Gallant Sons (George B. Seitz, 1940) The Vanishing American, Shadow of Doubt
The Lone Wolf Strikes (Sidney Salkow, 1940)
The Last Alarm (William West, 1940)
The Case of the Black Parrot (Noel M. Smith, 1941)
Calling Dr. Gillespie (Harold S. Bucquet, 1942)
Detective Kitty O'Day (William Beaudine, 1944)
Mobilier fidèle / The Automatic Moving Company (Émile Cohl, 1910) Cohl was the pioneer
of the animated film.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet, The Flying House (Winsor McCay, 1921) Gertie the Dinosaur
Mutt and Jeff: On Strike (Charles Bowers, 1920)
Night on Bald Mountain (Alexander Alexeieff, Clare Parker, 1933)
Gulliver's Travels (Dave Fleischer, 1939)
Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen, 1940)
The Dover Boys at Pimento University (Chuck Jones, 1942) Prest-O, Change-O;
Duck Amuck, What's Opera, Doc
Paradise (Ishu Patel, 1984)
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991)
Pocahontas (Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, 1995)
Shrek (Andew Adamson, Vicky Jenson, 2001)
Classical Baby (Amy Schatz, 2005)
Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
I Met the Walrus (Josh Raskin, 2007)
Madame Tutli-Putli (Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007)
The Numberlys (William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, 2013)
The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014)
Hollywood's Last Generation of Classical Filmmaking
The Third Voice (Hubert Cornfield, 1960) The Lure of the Swamp,
The Night of the Following Day
The Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1961) War of the Satellites,
The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, Von Richthofen and Brown
The Explosive Generation (Buzz Kulik, 1961)
Night Tide (Curtis Harrington, 1960) Queen of Blood, Games.
Short films: Picnic, On the Edge, The Assignation, The Wormwood Star, The Four Elements, Usher.
Harrington is a major filmmaker with a remarkable visual style.
Who Slew Auntie Roo? (Curtis Harrington, 1972) What's the Matter With Helen?, Mata Hari
How Awful About Allan (Curtis Harrington, 1970)
Other TV-movies: The Cat Creature, The Dead Don't Die.
Sounder (Martin Ritt, 1972) The Long, Hot Summer; The Black Orchid; Norma Rae
- Vegas: Kill Dan Tanna
- Wonder Woman: A Date with Doomsday
- Darkroom: Make-Up
- The Colbys: Deceptions, The Home Wrecker
- The Twilight Zone: Voices in the Earth
In Search of the Castaways (Robert Stevenson, 1962) Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Moon-Spinners (James Neilson, 1964) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin; Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
A Kiss Before Dying (Gerd Oswald, 1956) Fury at Showdown, 80 Steps to Jonah. Television:
- The 20th Century Fox Hour: The Ox-Bow Incident
- Mystery Writer's Theater: And the Birds Still Sing
- The Outer Limits: O.B.I.T., It Crawled Out of the Woodwork, Specimen: Unknown,
The Special One, The Forms of Things Unknown
(Oswald directed many of the best episodes of The Outer Limits)
- Bonanza: The Unwritten Commandment
- Star Trek: The Conscience of the King
- It Takes a Thief: A Touch of Magic
Hot Rod Girl (Leslie H. Martinson, 1956) For Those Who Think Young, Batman.
Many TV episodes.
The Delicate Delinquent (Don McGuire, 1957)
The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963) The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, Three on a Couch
Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer, 1964)
Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding (Peter Tewksbury, 1967) The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get Into It)
To Sir, With Love (James M. Clavell, 1967)
The Bold Ones: Deadlock (Lamont Johnson, 1969). Call to Danger,
That Certain Summer, Fear on Trial, Paul's Case. TV series:
The Money Jungle (Francis D. Lyons, 1968)
- Have Gun - Will Travel: The Teacher, Gun Shy, The Silver Queen, Deliver the Body, Young Gun.
- The Twilight Zone: Five Characters in Search of an Exit, Four O'Clock, Hocus-Pocus and Frisby.
- Peter Gunn: Wings of an Angel
- Coronet Blue: The Assassins.
Eye of the Cat (David Lowell Rich, 1969)
What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972) Paper Moon, At Long Last Love, Illegally Yours
Daisy Miller (Peter Bogdanovich, 1974) Nickelodeon, Saint Jack, To Sir With Love II
Mask (Peter Bogdanovich, 1985) Targets
The Adventures of Nick Carter (Paul Krasny, 1972) TV episodes.
The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973) Period of Adjustment, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Heat (Paul Morrisey, 1972) Trash
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974) Gloria. Johnny Staccato: Murder for Credit, Night of Jeopardy.
Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915) Classic crime thriller. Judex.
- Le Récit du colonel / The Colonel's Account,
- Le Printemps / Spring,
- La Fée des grèves,
- Lysistrata ou La grève des baisers / Lysistrata or The Strike of the Kissers
- André Chénier (co-directed with Étienne Arnaud),
- La Tare / The Defect,
- Le Trust, ou les batailles de l'argent / The Trust, or the Battles of Money,
- Le Nain / The Dwarf,
- Bout de Zan vole un éléphant / Bout de Zan Steals an Elephant
La course aux potirons / The Pumpkin Race (Romeo Bosetti, 1908)
L'Enfant de Paris / The Child of Paris (Léonce Perret, 1913)
Le mystère des roches de Kador / The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador
La Folie du Docteur Tube (Abel Gance, 1915)
Le Brasier ardent / The Burning Crucible (Ivan Mosjoukine, 1923)
L'Invitation au voyage (Germaine Dulac, 1927) La Souriante Madame Beudet / The Smiling Madame Beudet;
La Coquille et le clergyman / The Seashell and the Clergyman
La Glace à trois faces (Jean Epstein, 1927) Le Tempestaire
Le Million (René Clair, 1931) Paris qui dort, Entr'acte,
Sous les toits de Paris, à Nous la liberté, I Married a Witch
L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
La Kermesse héroique (Jacques Feyder, 1935) Crainquebille, Gribiche,
Les Nouveaux messieurs / The New Gentlemen, The Kiss, Anna Christie
Le Ciel est à vous (Jean Grémillon, 1944) Remorques, Lumière d'été
La Nuit fantastique (Marcel L'Herbier, 1942)
L'Inhumaine; Feu Mathias Pascal / The Late Mathias Pascal
The Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945) Drôle de drame,
Quai des brumes / Port of Shadows, Le Jour se lève
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946) The Blood of a Poet,
Orpheus, La Villa Santo-Sospir
Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948) Touching romantic
drama about a woman, and her unrequited love for a concert pianist.
Shows Ophuls' emotional sensitivity, and his ability to depict
feelings of love on screen. Ophuls' constantly moving camera is
visually fascinating, as one delicate composition succeeds after
another, and the tracking creates a thrilling visual experience.
Werther, The Exile, Caught, The Reckless Moment, La Ronde, Madame de..., Lola Montès.
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1950) Un Condamné
à mort s'est échappé / A Man Escaped; Pickpocket;
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc / The Trial of Joan of Arc; Une Femme douce; Lancelot du lac
Paris Does Strange Things (Jean Renoir, 1956): A Polish noblewoman
delights everyone in 1900 Paris. La Chienne, Boudu sauvé des eaux, Toni,
The Crime of Monsieur Lange. The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, Swamp Water,
The Southerner, The Woman on the Beach, The River, The Golden Coach, French Can Can,
La Caporal épinglé / The Elusive Corporal
Le Trou (Jacques Becker, 1960) Ali Baba
Le Ballon rouge / The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)
Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage / White Mane
Plein Soleil/Purple Noon (René Clément, 1960)
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) Family fun at a French resort. Mon Oncle, Playtime, Trafic.
Classe tous risques (Claude Sautet, 1960)
Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) Le Silence de la mer;
Deux hommes dans Manhattan / Two Men in Manhattan; Léon Morin, Priest; Le Cercle rouge; Un Flic
Providence (Alain Resnais, 1977) Nuit et brouillard,
Toute la mémoire du monde, Le chant du styrène,
Hiroshima mon amour, L'Année dernière à Marienbad /
Last Year at Marienbad, Muriel, Je t'aime, je t'aime, Stavisky,
Mon oncle d'Amérique, Pas sur la bouche / Not on the Lips
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962) Du côté de la côte;
Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond; Jacquot de Nantes;
Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma / The Hundred and One Nights;
L'Univers de Jacques Demy / The World of Jacques Demy;
Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I; Deux ans après / Two Years Later,
Le Lion volatile, Les Plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
La Baie des anges / Bay of Angels
Bande à part / Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)
Breathless, A Woman Is a Woman, Contempt, Pierrot le fou, Made in U.S.A., Weekend.
Shorts: Les plus belles escroqueries du monde: Le grand escroc.
Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut, 1966) The Bride Wore Black, La Nuit américaine
/ Day For Night
Zazie dans le métro (Louis Malle, 1960) L'Ascenseur pour
l'échafaud / Elevator to the Gallows; Le Voleur; Au revoir les enfants
Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967) Las Hurdes / Land Without Bread,
Simon of the Desert, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Champagne Murders (Claude Chabrol, 1967) Ten Days Wonder, Masques.
Shorts: Les plus belles escroqueries du monde: L'homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel.
Heureux anniversaire / Happy Anniversary (Pierre Étaix, Jean-Claude Carrière, 1962)
Z (Constantin Costa-Gavras, 1969) Compartiment tueurs / The Sleeping
Car Murders, L'Aveu / The Confession, Missing
Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras, 1972)
Le Chagrin et la pitié / The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls, 1971)
La Planète sauvage / Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, 1973)
Tendre poulet / Dear Detective (Philippe De Broca, 1977)
L'Homme de Rio / That Man from Rio
Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1982) IP5: L'île aux pachydermes
Les Ripoux / My New Partner (Claude Zidi, 1985)
Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappenau, 1990) Le Hussard sur la toit / The Horseman on the Roof; Bon Voyage
Black Dju (Pol Cruchten, 1996)
Les Voleurs / Thieves (André Téchiné, 1996)
Les Roseaux sauvages / Wild Reeds, Alice et Martin
Chacun cherche son chat / When the Cat's Away (Cédric Klapisch,
Ma Vie en rose (Alain Berliner, 1997) The Wall
Sucre amer / Bitter Sugar (Christian Lara, 1997)
Sicilia! (Jean-Marie Straub, Danièlle Huillet, 1999)
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Le Placard / The Closet (Francis Veber, 2000)
Samia (Philippe Faucon, 2000)
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
Le Pacte des loups / The Brotherhood of the Wolf (Christophe Gans, 2001)
L'Homme du train / The Man on the Train (Patrice Leconte, 2002)
La Veuve de St. Pierre / The Widow of St. Pierre; Mon meilleur ami / My Best Friend
Les Choristes (Christophe Barratier, 2004) Faubourg 36 / Paris 36
Joyeux Noël (Christian Carion, 2005)
La French / The Connection (Cédric Jimenez, 2014)
The Big Five
These great filmmakers all have roots in the Italian neorealism movement.
Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, 1971) Le notte bianchi / White Nights;
Il gattopardo / The Leopard; The Damned
The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (Roberto Rossellini, 1966) Rossellini was
the father of the neorealism movement. This film shows his logical
style. (I would love to see his Blaise Pascal, a biography of the
man who built the first calculating machines - note from 1993, since seen and liked!). Paisà,
L'amore: Il miracolo, Stromboli, Francesco giullare di Dio, Europe '51, Journey to Italy,
India Matri Bhumi, Viva l'Italia, Socrates, The Age of the Medici.
The Clowns (Federico Fellini, 1971) is an exuberant documentary
about circus clowns. It shows to the max the spectacular, surrealistic
style that is known as Felliniesque. Variety Lights, The White Shiek,
La Strada, Il Bidone, 8 1/2, Toby Dammit, Satyricon, Ginger and Fred, Intervista.
L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) is a haunting drama
about a disappearance. Cronaca di un amore / Story of a Love Affair, I vinti / The Vanquished,
Il Grido, La Notte, L'Eclisse / The Eclipse, Il deserto rosso / The Red Desert, Il provino / The Screen Test.
Antonioni's English language dramas Blowup, Zabriskie Point, The Passenger. Beyond the Clouds.
Documentary shorts: Gente del Po; N.U.; Sette canne, un vestito / Seven Reeds, One Suit; L'amorosa menzogna.
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) is a miniseries about poor farmers in 19th Century Lombardy.
It is the best film of the 1970's. Il posto, I findanzati.
Good Italian Films
Nerone / Nero, or the Fall of Rome (Luigi Maggi, 1909)
L'Inferno (Giuseppe de Liguoro, Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, 1911)
La Corona di Ferro / The Iron Crown (Alessandro Blasetti, 1941)
Roma città libera (Marcello Pagliero, 1946)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948) After the Fox
Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958) Comedy about some inept crooks.
I Compagni / The Organizer: rich film portrait of an 1890 strike.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966)
Divorce - Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
La decima vittima / The Tenth Victim (Elio Petri, 1965)
The Spider's Stratagem (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) is a mystery;
its dazzling color photography of the Italian countryside is like
taking a trip to Italy. Beseiged.
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1967) is the best
Spaghetti Western. A Fistful of Dollars.
Allegro Non Troppo (Bruno Bozzetto, 1976) is an inventively bizarre
animated film comedy set to classical music.
Christ Stopped at Eboli (Francesco Rosi, 1979)
La Nuit de Varennes / That Night in Varennes (Ettore Scola, 1982) Una giornata particolare / A Special Day.
Good Morning, Babylon (Taviani Brothers, 1987). Two Italian brothers
emigrate to America, where they design the sets for D.W. Griffith's
silent movie masterpiece, Intolerance (1916). The Night of the Shooting Stars.
Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) is the story of a poor
little boy and his love for the movies. It is very touching and
emotionally involving. The Star Maker, Malena.
The Station (Sergio Rubini, 1990)
Mediterraneo (Gabriel Salvatores, 1991) is a warm hearted comedy
about some Italian soldiers who go native. Some modern Italian
films have been big successes in America.
Lamerica (Gianni Amelio, 1994) Grim but well made look at poverty
in post-Communist Albania. The Keys of the House.
Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1998) Johnny Stecchino
La Finestra di fronte / Facing Windows (Ferzan Ozpetek, 2003)
The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) The greatest of Japanese
filmmakers. Sisters of the Gion, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum,
The 47 Ronin, Ugetsu, A Geisha / Gion Festival Music, Sansho the Baliff,
Chikamatsu Monogatari, Empress Yang Kei Fei, Street of Shame
Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954): Follows 12 Japanese
students and their teacher from first grade to adulthood. Starts
out in the 1930's, and moves on to the World War II era. Probably
the best "inside" picture of traditional Japanese life
on film; recommended for people who want to learn more about that
country. Although there are no war scenes in the movie, the film
delivers a devastating indictment of Japanese militarism of the
era, and war in general. Morning for the Osone Family.
Golden Demon (Koji Shima, 1953) This is not a horror movie; the
golden demon of the title is money, excessive love of which almost
destroys a young couple's happiness.
Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse, 1954) Apart From You.
While Mikio Naruse made 87 films between 1930 and 1967, his work seems hardly to have
made any impression in the Western World. This is to be lamented,
for he was clearly a magnificent filmmaker. His subject matter
is remote from the tastes of contemporary audiences. Naruse grew
up in poverty, and his characters are poor and often aging women
struggling to get by in Japan. His stories are completely lacking
in violence, action or glamour. What they do have is a marvelous
storytelling ability. His visual style alternates between beautifully
composed looks at Tokyo streets, to interior scenes where his
characters have dramatic encounters with family, loved ones and
Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, 1981) Sanshiro Sugata, The Men Who
Tread on the Tiger's Tail, Stray Dog, Scandal, The Idiot, Ikiru,
The Seven Samurai, High and Low, Dreams, Rhapsody in August
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962) Walk Cheerfully, That Night's Wife,
I Was Born, But..., There Was a Father, Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Late Spring,
Early Summer, Tokyo Story, Equinox Flower
The Masseurs and a Woman (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1938) Ornamental Hairpin
Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954)
I Will Buy You (Masaki Kobayashi, 1956) Kwaidan: The Woman in the Snow
Pale Flower (Shinoda Masahiro, 1964) Double Suicide
Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, 1966) Delirious gangster film, with
great compositions, color design. Take Aim at the Police Van
A Colt Is My Passport (Takashi Nomura, 1967)
The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)
A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami, 1987) A female Japanese tax agent
fights a "duel" with a crooked businessman. Both the
heroine and the villain have remarkable quantities of energy,
ingenuity and enthusiasm for their work. Thoroughly satirical
look at modern Japanese life, with an enormous amount of inside
information about business, government, and crime. The Funeral.
Heaven and Earth (Haruki Kadokawa, 1990) Spectacular drama of
medieval battles, choreographed to make ingenious color patterns
on the screen.
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991)
The Mystery of Rampo (Kazuyoshi Okuyama, 1994) Avant-garde fantasy
in the tradition of Cocteau and Resnais' Providence. Beautifully
Village of Dreams (Yoichi Higashi, 1995) Look at two eight year
old boys and their childhood in a small village.
Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura, 1998) The Eel; Warm Water Under a Red
Bridge; September 11: The Snake
Rajio no jikan / Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (Koki Mitani, 1997)
Fish Story (Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2009) Weathering with You
Your Name (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)
Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991) One of six films Zhang
made with actress Gong Li, in each of which she plays a gutsy
woman who takes on the patriarchy that has always run China. The Story of Qiu Ju.
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994) Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels,
In the Mood for Love, 2046, My Blueberry Nights. Avant-garde director in the
tradition of France's New Wave of the 1960's. Creative camera work.
East Palace, West Palace (Zhang Yuan, 1996)
The Hole / Last Dance (Tsai Ming-liang, 1997)
Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000) Beautifully photographed, New Wave influenced mystery story.
Rich cityscapes of Shanghai's river district recall
Godard's Le Petit soldat and Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7; the complex storytelling Resnais.
Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, 2000)
Millenium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001) The Puppetmaster; Café Lumière
Zhou Yu's Train (Sun Zhou, 2002)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, 2002)
Springtime (Erica Liu, 2013)
The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung, 1993) The Vertical Ray of the Sun
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004) Cemetery of Splendour
Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964): gentle portrait of an Indian woman.
Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), Jalsaghar/The Music Room (1957), The Big City (1963),
Kapurush/The Coward (1965), Nayak/The Hero (1966), Aranyer Din Ratri/Days and Nights in the Forest (1970),
The Chess Players (1977), Joi Baba Felunath (1978),
An Enemy of the People (1989), The Stranger (1991).
Phörpa / The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, 1999)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001) Fine
Indian musical, with an idealistic script, good characters and
acting, and delightful musical numbers.
Matir Moina / The Clay Bird (Tareque Masud, 2002)
Osama (Siddiq Barmak, 2003)
Krrish (Rajesh Roshan, 2006)
The House Is Black (Forough Farrokhzad, 1962)
A Time for Drunken Horses (Bahman Ghobadi, 2000) Marooned in Iraq
Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)
Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996) Marriage of the Blessed;
Once Upon a Time, Cinema; Images of the Khajar Dynasty;
A Moment of Innocence; Kandahar
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998) At Five in the Afternoon
The Day I Became a Woman (Marziyeh Meshkini, 2000)
Destiny (Youssef Chahine, 1997) Alexandria...Why?
A Summer at La Goulette (Férid Boughedir, 1995)
Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007)
The Red Toy (Dani Rosenberg, 2004)
Walk on Water (Eytan Fox, 2004)
Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004) Borom Sarret
Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)
Himmelskibet / A Trip to Mars (Holger-Madsen, 1918)
The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjöström, 1918) The Divine Woman (surviving fragment); The Wind
Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller, 1920) Sir Arne's Treasure
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
The Parson's Widow; Die Gezeichneten / Love One Another; Michael;
The Master of the House; Vampyr; Day of Wrath; They Caught the Ferry; Gertrud
Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987)
House of Angels (Colin Nutley, 1992)
Elling (Petter Næss, 2001)
Nye scener fra Amerika / New Scenes From America (Jørgen Leth, 2002)
Der er en yndig mand / This Charming Man (Martin Strange-Hansen, 2002)
Reconstruction (Christoffer Boe, 2003)
Casanova (Lasse Hallström, 2005) The Hundred-Foot Journey
Anders als die Andern §175 / Different from the Others (Paragraph 175) (Richard Oswald, 1919)
Piccadilly (E. A. Dupont, 1929)
Welt am Draht / World on a Wire (Part 1) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)
Rosalie Goes Shopping (Percy Adlon, 1990) Sugarbaby, Salmonberries,
Maybe, Maybe Not (Sonke Wortmann, 1994)
Lola Rennt / Run, Lola, Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) Paris, je t'aime
Aimée & Jaguar (Max Färberböck, 1998)
Nirgendwo in Afrika / Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, 2001)
Invincible (Werner Herzog, 2001)
Rosenstrasse (Margarethe von Trotta, 2003)
Männer wie wir / Guys and Balls (Sherry Hormann, 2004)
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (Marc Rothemund, 2005)
Im Labyrinth des Schweigens / Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli, 2014)
Eroica (Andrzej Munk, 1958)
The Black Cross (Aleksander Ford, 1960)
Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda, 1977) In 1950's Poland, a stone
worker is cited as a model worker. Man of Iron (1981 sequel)
His steel worker son takes part in Solidarity. Shot live during the events it depicts.
Wajda's work reflects Italian Neorealism.
Other good Wajda films: Ashes and Diamonds; Innocent Sorcerers.
A Year of the Quiet Sun (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1984)
Torrents of Spring (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1989)
Europa Europa (Agnieska Holland, 1990)
The Big Animal (Jerzy Stuhr, 2000)
The White Dove (Frantisek Vlácil, 1960)
The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (Zbynek Brynych, 1965)
Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
Capricious Summer (Jirí Menzel, 1968)
The Joke (Jaromil Jires, 1969)
Ucho / The Ear (Karel Kachyna, 1970)
Kolya (Jan Sverák, 1995) Dark Blue World
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Dusan Makavejev, 1971) Satirical
documentary on the relationship between sex and politics.
The funniest anti-Communist film ever made. Man Is Not a Bird, Montenegro, The Coca Cola Kid
Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000) Damnation
Kurpe / The Shoe (Laila Pakalnina, 1998)
Gori vatra / Fuse (Pjer Zalica, 2003)
Kontroll (Nimród Antal, 2003)
The Singing Revolution (James Tusty, Maureen Castle Tusty, 2006)
Russian and Soviet Films
Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) Glumov's Diary; Romance Sentimentale;
Qué viva Mexico!; Alexander Nevsky; Ivan the Terrible
By the Law (Lev Kuleshov, 1926) The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
Bed and Sofa (Abram Room, 1927)
The House on Trubnaya (Boris Barnet, 1928)
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1928) Stride, Soviet!
Salt For Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1929)
The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Paradjanov, 1969) Beautiful
avant-garde look at Armenian culture. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors;
Hagop Hovnatanian (1965); Ashik Kerib (1988).
Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983) Solaris
Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, 2002) Patience Labor, Father and Son, Alexandra
Sonata for Viola: Dmitri Shostakovich (Semyon Aranovich, Alexander Sokurov, 1981)
The Cuckoo (Alexander Rogozhkin, 2002)
Koktebel / Roads to Koktebel (Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky, 2003)
The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003) Warning: this is a mystery
movie without a solution. Well directed.
Stilyagi / Hipsters (Valery Todorovsky, 2008) Lively colorful musical.
Spain, Portugal and Latin America
Quilombo (Carlos Diegues, 1984) Escaped slaves build their own
nation in 16th Century Brazil. A triumph of visual style.
Man Facing Southeast (Eliseo Subiela, 1986): an unearthly stranger
shows up in Buenos Aires, claiming to be from another planet.
Miss Mary (Maria Luisa Bemberg, 1987)
Ay, Carmela! (Carlos Saura, 1990) Flamenco, Tango, Goya
Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar, 1987) Dark Habits,
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Volver
The Chambermaid on the Titanic (Bigas Luna, 1997) Brilliant piece of storytelling, with many unexpected developments.
Solas (Benito Zambrano, 1999) Emotionally involving story of a
poor woman in Seville, Spain and her problems.
Porto da Minha Infância / Oporto of My Childhood (Manoel de Oliveira, 2001)
Douro, Faina Fluvial / Labor on the Douro River; The Strange Case of Angelica
Polvo de estrellas / Stardust (Aldo Sotelo, 2017)
Pez / Fish (Javier Quintas, 2017)
Other Foreign Language Films
Character (Mike van Diem, 1997)
The British Isles and Commonwealth
The Ghost Train (Walter Forde, 1941)
Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946)
Miranda (Ken Annakin, 1948)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, 1948) Contraband, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus
The Importance of Being Earnest (Anthony Asquith, 1952) The V.I.P.s
Spaceways (Terence Fisher, 1953) Blackout / Murder by Proxy
Trouble in Store (John Paddy Carstairs, 1953)
The Runaway Bus (Val Guest, 1954) Jigsaw
Heat Wave (Ken Hughes, 1954)
The One That Got Away (Roy Ward Baker, 1957)
Carry On Sergeant (Gerald Thomas, 1958)
Hotel Paradiso (Peter Glenville, 1966) Summer and Smoke, The Comedians
Scream of Fear (Seth Holt, 1961) Danger Man: The Key
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962) Tom Jones
Murder Ahoy (George Pollock, 1964) Murder, She Said
The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes, 1966) The Stepford Wives
Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney, 1968)
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (Joe McGrath, 1968)
Savage Messiah (Ken Russell, 1972) Antonio Gaudi, Elgar, Song of Summer, Women in Love,
The Boyfriend, Mahler, Lisztomania, Clouds of Glory
The Nine Tailors (Raymond Menmuir, 1974)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) Four girls mysteriously
disappear in the Australian Outback, a disappearance that is never
explained by the film. Extraordinarily atmospheric film that hints
at supernatural explanations (e.g., the girls have gone away to
be the brides of pagan deities).
The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982) Film about the
start of the terrible events in Indonesia in 1965. Extraordinary
performances, especially by Linda Hunt as photographer Billy Kwan.
One of the best films ever made about the problems of the poor
and world hunger. Although nothing supernatural happens in the
tale, film has remarkable supernatural atmosphere.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicholas Roeg, 1976)
The 39 Steps (Don Sharp, 1978)
Testament of Youth (Moira Armstrong, 1979)
Breaking Away (Peter Yates, 1979) The Hot Rock, Suspect, The House
on Carroll Street, The Year of the Comet
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (Tony Wharmby, John Davies, 1980)
Flickers (Cyril Coke, 1980) British TV miniseries about the early
days of the British film industry, and the attempt of two outsiders,
a poor Cockney (Bob Hoskins) and a middle class businesswoman
(Frances De La Tour) to run their own production company. Characterizations
so rich they seem four dimensional, and brilliant acting by the
entire troupe, especially the two leads. Comic, upbeat, and definitely
not about the sort of upper class twits that show up on too much
British TV. Will Violet ever stop talking? Script by Roy Clarke.
Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980) Croupier
Heartaches (Don Shebib, 1981)
Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981) Greystoke: The Legend of
Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Condorman (Charles Jarrott, 1981) The Boy in Blue
Separate Tables (John Schlesinger, 1983) Cold Comfort Farm
The Draughtsman's Contract (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
The Lords of Discipline (Franc Roddam, 1983)
Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984)
The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges, 1984)
Bon Voyage (Mike Vardy, 1985)
Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986)
Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1986)
Ground Zero (Michael Pattinson, Bruce Miles, 1987)
84 Charing Cross Road (David Hugh Jones, 1987)
Earth Girls Are Easy (Julien Temple, 1989) Temple has made many classic music videos.
Memphis Belle (Michael Caton-Jones. 1990)
Hear My Song (Peter Chelsom, 1991) An Irish promoter tries to
lure a singer to his club. A gentle film about the power of music. Shall We Dance
Thunderheart (Michael Apted, 1992) Enigma, Amazing Grace
Princess Caraboo (Michael Austin, 1994)
The Shadow (Russell Mulcahy, 1994) Mulcahy is an important music video director.
The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner, 1994) The Object of My Affection
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
Persuasion (Roger Michell, 1995)
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Who Came Down A Mountain
(Christopher Monger, 1995)
Hackers (Iain Softley, 1995)
The Awakening (George Bloomfield, 1995)
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (Francis Megahy, 1996) Livin' the Life / Real Life
The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo, 1997)
Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998)
Relative Values (Eric Styles, 2000)
Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000)
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000) The Dead Father;
Cowards Bend the Knee; My Dad Is 100 Years Old
The Parole Officer (John Duigan, 2001)
Slings and Arrows: Season One (Peter Wellington, 2003)
Bride and Prejudice (Gurinder Chadha, 2004) Bend It Like Beckham; Paris, je t'aime
Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)
The 39 Steps (James Hawes, 2008)
Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1 (Euros Lyn, Saul Metzstein, 2010)
Downton Abbey (Michael Engler, 2019)
Macbeth (Orson Welles, 1947) Welles' version of the Shakespeare tragedy.
His Othello is visually outstanding, but suffers from poor sound recording.
However, the subtitles on the new release go a long way towards fixing this.
With them, the dialogue is quite understandable.
Chimes at Midnight. We Work Again (with The Voodoo Macbeth). Filming Othello.
King Lear (Peter Brook, Andrew McCullough, 1953) Starring Orson Welles.
Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1953) Dragonwyck; Somewhere in the Night; No Way Out;
All About Eve; Suddenly, Last Summer; Carol for Another Christmas
Prince of Players (Phillip Dunne, 1955)
Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968) Hamlet (1990). Tea with Mussolini
BBC Television Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew (Richard Monette, 1989)
- King Richard the Second (David Giles, 1978)
- The Tragedy of Coriolanus (Elijah Moshinsky, 1984)
Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993) Henry V, As You Like It
Othello (Oliver Parker, 1995)
See also my list: Best TV Shows: Drama Anthologies.
Waiting for Godot (Alan Schneider, 1961) (play by Samuel Beckett)
A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie, 1961) (play by Lorraine Hansberry)
The Victorians (1963) British TV series of eight Victorian plays,
acted by a "repertory company" in which the same actors take different roles each week.
- London Assurance (Stuart Latham) (play by Dion Boucicault)
- Society (Graeme MacDonald) (play by Thomas William Robertson)
- The Ticket-of-Leave Man (Stuart Latham) (play by Tom Taylor)
Uncle Vanya (Stuart Burge, 1963) (play by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov)
The Glass Menagerie (Michael Elliott, 1966) (play by Tennessee Williams)
An Enemy of the People (Paul Bogart, 1966) (play by Henrik Ibsen)
A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann, 1966) (play by Robert Bolt) High Noon
The Star Wagon (Karl Genus, 1966) (play by Maxwell Anderson) Fascinating science fiction drama.
The Vortex (Philip Dudley, 1969) (play by Noël Coward)
An Ideal Husband (Rudolph Cartier, 1969) (play by Oscar Wilde)
The Andersonville Trial (George C. Scott, 1970) (play by Saul Levitt)
The Millionairess (William Slater, 1972) (play by George Bernard Shaw)
Present Laughter (Rick Gardner, Alan Strachan, 1981) (play by Noël Coward)
Lady Windermere's Fan (Tony Smith, 1985) (play by Oscar Wilde)
Antigone (Don Taylor, 1986) (play by Sophocles)
The Lady's Not for Burning (Julian Amyes, 1987) (play by Christopher Fry)
Also Record version with John Gielgud.
Tonight at 8.30: Family Album (John Glenister), Ways and Means (Paul Annett),
Shadow Play (John Glenister) (1991) (plays by Noël Coward)
Suddenly, Last Summer (Richard Eyre, 1992) (play by Tennessee Williams)
Play adaptations included in other sections:
- The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur, 1918) (play by Maurice Maeterlinck)
- Miss Lulu Bett (William de Mille, 1921) (play by Zona Gale)
- The Master of the House (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1925) (play by Svend Rindom)
- Broadway (Paul Fejos, 1929) (play by Philip Dunning & George Abbott)
- Anna Christie (Jacques Feyder, 1930) (play by Eugene O'Neill)
- Street Scene (King Vidor, 1931) (play by Elmer Rice)
- The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940) (play by Philip Barry)
- The Importance of Being Earnest (Anthony Asquith, 1952) (play by Oscar Wilde)
- Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer, 1960) (play by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee)
- Summer and Smoke (Peter Glenville, 1961) (play by Tennessee Williams)
- Period of Adjustment (George Roy Hill, 1962) (play by Tennessee Williams)
- The V.I.P.s (Anthony Asquith, 1963) (written by Terence Rattigan)
- The Best Man (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1964) (play by Gore Vidal)
- Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1964) (play by Hjalmar Söderberg)
- Boom! (Joseph Losey, 1968) (play by Tennessee Williams)
- Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney, 1968) (written by Shelagh Delaney)
- A Doll's House (Joseph Losey, 1973) (play by Henrik Ibsen)
- The Blue Bird (George Cukor, 1976) (play by Maurice Maeterlinck)
- Separate Tables (John Schlesinger, 1983) (play by Terence Rattigan)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappenau, 1990) (play by Edmond Rostand)
- The Winslow Boy (David Mamet, 1999) (play by Terence Rattigan)
- Relative Values (Eric Styles, 2000) (play by Noël Coward)
- The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005) (play by Craig Lucas)
- The Normal Heart (Ryan Murphy, 2014) (play by Larry Kramer)
The Flute of Krishna (Martha Graham, Rouben Mamoulian?, 1926)
Spanish Fiesta (Jean Negulesco, 1942): dance short with the Ballets Russes. The Gay Parisian.
Romeo and Juliet (Paul Czinner, 1966) Prokofiev ballet, danced
by Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev.
Goddess Dancers of Cambodia (Merrill Brockway, Faubion Bowers, 1971): unforgettably
beautiful documentary about the traditional dance troupe.
The Magic of Dance (Patricia Foy, 1979) BBC documentary series,
hosted by Dame Margot Fonteyn, that explores the many forms of European classical dance.
Points in Space (Elliot Caplan, Merce Cunningham, 1986)
The Rite of Spring (Thomas Grimm, Judy Kinberg, 1987)
Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Suite for Five, Summerspace, Interspace (Charles Atlas, 2008).
Three filmed dances by choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Le Spectre de la rose (2009) (with Mathias Heymann)
New York City Ballet in Paris / New York City Ballet Symphony in C (Vincent Bataillon, 2016)
Four ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.
Dances choreographed by Justin Peck:
If the Dancer Dances (Maia Wechsler, 2018) About a revival of
Merce Cunningham's ballet "Rainforest".
The constant commentary about the dance moves, from the dancers and teachers,
helps the viewer understand what they are seeing. An eye-opening experience.
- The Times Are Racing (Justin Peck, 2017)
- Justin Peck's In Creases (Ernesto Galan, 2018)
The Colbys: Deceptions (Curtis Harrington, 1986).
This drama has:
- An interesting sequence with ballet dancers:
Video (11:00 to end).
- The non-dance finale, which has atmosphere and geometric patterns:
Video (10:15 to 13:00).
Katerina Izmailova (Mikhail Shapiro, 1966)
La Gioconda (Kirk Browning, 1979)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Peter Hall, 1984)
Julius Caesar (John Michael Phillips, 1984)
The Mikado (Norman Campbell, Brian MacDonald, 1984)
Agrippina (Thomas Olofsson, 1985)
The Makropulos Affair (Lotfi Mansouri, 1989)
Le nozze di Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro (Olivier Mille, Jean-Louis Thamin, 1993)
Street Scene (José Montes-Baquer, 1994)
H.M.S. Pinafore & Trial by Jury (Stuart Maunder, 2005)
La Cenerentola (Joan Font, Xavi Bové, 2008) Spectacular, non-realistic staging, with bright color.
Moby-Dick (Frank Zamacona, Leonard Foglia, 2013) A new opera composed by Jake Heggie, libretto by Gene Scheer.
Silent Night (Eric Simonson, 2013) A new opera composed by Kevin Puts, libretto by Mark Campbell.
The Companion (Walker Lewis, 2014) A new opera composed by Robert Paterson, libretto by David Cote.
Kyle Guglielmo clips:
Yoopera! (Suzanne Jurva, Erin Smith, 2014) Documentary about the production of a new opera
"Rockland" composed by Jukka Linkola, libretto by Jussi Tapola.
- Excerpts from "The Stoned Prince" (2013) A new opera composed by Hannah Lash, libretto by Royce Vavrek.
- Adrienne Danrich & Kyle Guglielmo: Duet "The Night Is Cold" from "The Golden Gate" (2013)
A new opera composed by Conrad Cummings, libretto by Vikram Seth.
- Adam Ulrich & Kyle Guglielmo: Duet from Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" (2012).
- "The Impossible Dream"
Rossini: La donna del lago (Barbara Willis Sweete, 2015)
Opera Reimagined: Animating The Cunning Little Vixen (Don McClung, Ron Goldfarb, 2017). Documentary
about the innovative staging of "The Cunning Little Vixen" mixing animation and live performance.
Lady in the Dark (Max Liebman, Jeffrey Hayden, Rod Alexander, 1954)
Ten from Your Show of Shows
Annie Get Your Gun (Clark Jones, Jack Sydow, 1967) I saw this superb film as a kid.
Currently it is lost, with scholars looking for a print.
The World of Kurt Weill (Marc Daniels, 1967)
Oklahoma! (Terrence Mann, David Stern, Paul Mauceri, 2011) A spectacular recreation of the original 1943 stage version.
Act One and
Act Two. Some musical numbers are especially good:
Hairspray Live! (Kenny Leon, Alex Rudzinski, 2016)
- Act One: opening overture and first two songs: 9:00 to 23:00
- Act Two: The Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends: 3:45 to 11:30
- Act Two: title tune: 45:00 to 50:45
- Act Two: Finale: 59:30 to end
Falsettos (James Lapine, Matthew Diamond, 2017)
Anything Goes: Musical Numbers from Stage Versions:
- You're the Top (Annie Wallace, Stephen Brower)
- Anything Goes (Sutton Foster)
- Anything Goes (Jonathan Groff)
Night of 100 Stars (1982): Broadway Medley
- Carousel: If I Loved You (1954)
- Annie Get Your Gun: There's No Business Like Show Business (1957)
- Hello, Dolly!: Before The Parade Passes By
Musicals: Hollywood Since 1970
Please also see my A Guide to 1980's Music Video Directors and
Best Musical TV Commercials.
1776 (Peter H. Hunt, 1972) Life on the Mississippi, Bus Stop
Grease 2 (Patricia Birch, 1982)
Eddie and the Cruisers (Martin Davidson, 1983) Long Gone
The Pirates of Penzance (Wilford Leach, 1983)
Streets of Fire (Walter Hill, 1984) 48HRS, Southern Comfort
Footloose (Herbert Ross, 1984) The Secret of My Success
Rappin (Joel Silberg, 1985) Breakin, Lambada
Off Beat (Michael Dinner, 1986) Curse of the Corn People
Back to the Beach (Lyndall Hobbs, 1987)
La Bamba (Luis Valdez, 1987)
Aria (ten directors, 1987)
The In Crowd (Mark Rosenthal, 1988)
Sing (Richard Baskin, 1989) The finale of this film is good; what leads up to it is poor.
Shangri-La Plaza (Nick Castle, 1990) See also: Science Fiction.
Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992) La Bohème, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby
Sister Act (Emile Ardolino, 1992)
That Thing You Do! (Tom Hanks, 1996)
Songcatcher (Maggie Greenwald, 2000)
Rock Star (Steven Herek, 2001)
Camp (Todd Graff, 2003)
De-Lovely (Irwin Winkler, 2004) The Net
Take the Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006)
High School Musical (Kenny Ortega, 2006)
Dreamgirls (Bill Condon, 2006) See also: Gay Films.
Hairspray (Adam Shankman, 2007)
Christmas Song (Timothy Bond, 2012)
It's Christmas, Eve (Tibor Takács, 2018)
A Capella Science (Tim Blais). Self-made videos mix science with a cappella music:
- Bohemian Gravity (2013)
- Entropic Time (2016)
See also my more detailed list of Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and High Technology Films.
Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936)
Batman and Robin: Batman Takes Over (Spencer Gordon Bennet, 1949)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951) Born to Kill, The Set-Up
Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954) The Falcon in Hollywood, Dick Tracy
vs. Cueball, Sincerely Yours, Yellowstone Kelly
This Island Earth (Joseph M. Newman, 1955) Respect the Law,
711 Ocean Drive, Red Skies of Montana, Dangerous Crossing,
The Lawbreakers, The George Raft Story, Twenty Plus Two
The Mole People (Virgil Vogel, 1956)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957) 3D versions of:
It Came From Outer Space, Revenge of the Creature. High School Confidential!,
Bachelor in Paradise
The 27th Day (William Asher, 1957)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Nathan Juran, 1958)
The Time Machine (George Pal, 1960)
The Power (Byron Haskin, 1968) Too Late for Tears; The Naked Jungle;
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968) Studio One: Twelve Angry Men; The Best Man
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Barry Lyndon. Documentary shorts: Day of the Fight, Flying Padre.
The Savage Bees (Bruce Geller, 1976)
Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977) American Graffiti; Star Wars: Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith
Superman (Richard Donner, 1978)
Captain America (Rod Holcomb, 1979) TV episodes:
The Lathe of Heaven (David Loxton, Fred Barzyk, 1980)
Based on the novel by Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Battlestar Galactica: Murder on the Rising Star (1979).
- The Greatest American Hero: Saturday on Sunset Boulevard (1981).
- Chicago Story: Outside the Law (1982).
- Scarecrow and Mrs. King: First two episodes (1983).
- Detective in the House: Fathers & Other Strangers (1985).
- Wiseguy: Pilot (1987).
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) Someone To Watch Over Me, The Martian
Metalstorm (Charles Band, 1982) Trancers
Tron (Steve Lisberger, 1982)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension
(W.D. Richter, 1984) Late For Dinner
Dreamscape (Joseph Ruben, 1984) True Believer, The Stepfather,
Return to Paradise, The Forgotten
The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984) See also: Musicals.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
Twins (Ivan Reitman, 1988) Dave, Kindergarten Cop, Junior, My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Arena (Peter Manoogian, 1988)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Joe Johnston 1989) The Rocketeer
Peacemaker (Kevin S. Tenney, 1990)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (Simon Wincer, 1991)
The Girl Who Spelled Freedom
Universal Soldier (Roland Emmerich, 1992) Moon 44, Stargate
Encino Man (Les Mayfield, 1992) A China Odyssey
Wing Commander (Chris Roberts, 1998)
Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998) I, Robot
Murdercycle (Tom Callaway, 1999)
Paycheck (John Woo, 2003)
Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004)
Homecoming (Joe Dante, 2005)
Fantastic Four (Tim Story, 2005) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
The Last Mimzy (Bob Shaye, 2007)
Speed Racer (Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, 2008)
Beautiful Dreamer (David Gaddie, 2016)
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)
Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019)
See also more detailed list of Best Fantasy Films.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Jack Clayton, 1983) The Great Gatsby
Murder by the Book (Mel Damski, 1987) Journey Back to Christmas.
Psych TV series: episodes.
Mannequin (Michael Gottlieb, 1987)
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989) Sneakers
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) Caddyshack
Love Bites (Malcolm Marmorstein, 1993)
The Santa Clause (John Pasquin, 1994) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
The Flintstones (Brian Levant, 1994) Jingle All the Way
George of the Jungle (Sam Weisman, 1997)
Pleasantville (Gary Ross, 1998)
Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003)
A Boyfriend for Christmas (Kevin Connor, 2004) Santa Jr.
Ella Enchanted (Tommy O'Haver, 2004)
Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick, 2006)
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (James Orr, 2010) Mr. Destiny
The Santa Suit (Robert Vaughn. 2010)
Christmas at Cartwright's (Graeme Campbell, 2014)
English language fiction films with positive, central LGBTQ characters. See also
the sections "Experimental Films", "Civil Rights and Equality: Documentaries".
See also my lists:
An Early Frost (John Erman, 1985)
Star Quality (Alan Dossor, 1985)
Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood, 1986)
Maurice (James Ivory, 1987) The Europeans, Heat and Dust, A Room With a View,
Jefferson in Paris, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries,
The Golden Bowl, The White Countess
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozema, 1987) Mansfield Park
Longtime Companion (Norman René, 1989) Prelude to a Kiss
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (Paul Bartel, 1989) Eating Raoul
Salmonberries (Percy Adlon, 1991)
The Krays (Peter Medak 1991) Zorro, The Gay Blade; The Seven Dancing Princesses
The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
Orlando (Sally Potter, 1993)
M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg, 1993)
Desperate Remedies (Stewart Main, Peter Wells, 1993) The Mighty Civic
A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma, 1994)
The Sum of Us (Kevin Dowling, Geoff Burton, 1995)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron, 1995)
Wilde (Brian Gilbert, 1997) Vice Versa
In & Out (Frank Oz, 1997)
Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon, 1998) Kinsey. See also: Musicals.
Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, 1999)
Hit and Runway (Christopher Livingston, 1999)
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel, 2000)
All Over the Guy (Julie Davis, 2001)
Unconditional Love (P. J. Hogan, 2002)
Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002) Dark Waters
A Touch of Pink (Ian Iqbal Rashid, 2003)
Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (John L'Ecuyer, 2004)
I Like Mike: Jay Spears (Matthew Herrier, 2004)
Adam & Steve (Craig Chester, 2005)
The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005)
Recruiting (James Noel Hoban, Bobby Roger Poirer, 2005)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) The Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility
Available Men (David Dean Bottrell, 2006)
Howl (Robert Epstein, 2010) See also the section "Civil Rights and Equality: Documentaries".
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012) See also the section "Experimental Films".
The Normal Heart (Ryan Murphy, 2014)
See also foreign language films also listed in their country sections:
- Anders als die Andern §175 / Different from the Others (Paragraph 175) (Richard Oswald, 1919)
- Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924)
- La Nuit de Varennes (Ettore Scola, 1982) A Special Day
- Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar, 1987)
- East Palace, West Palace (Zhang Yuan, 1996)
- Ma Vie en rose (Alain Berliner, 1997)
- Aimée & Jaguar (Max Färberböck, 1998)
- Father and Son (Alexander Sokurov, 2003)
- Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
- Walk on Water (Eytan Fox, 2004)
- Männer wie wir / Guys and Balls (Sherry Hormann, 2004)
A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
Silent Movie (Mel Brooks, 1976)
The Cheap Detective (Robert Moore, 1978)
The Prizefighter (Michael Preece, 1979)
Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980) Citizen's Band, Who Am
I This Time?, Swing Shift, Something Wild, Swimming to Cambodia,
Married to the Mob, Philadelphia
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (Clive Donner, 1981)
Outstanding slapstick film: Jerry Lewis was not the only filmmaker working in slapstick mode.
Plus horseback chase scene cut to Herold's "Zampa Overture".
Beautiful mise-en-scene and visual style.
Say Yes (Larry Yust, 1982)
My Favorite Year (Richard Benjamin, 1982) Comedy, which like the
Dick Van Dyke Show, takes us backstage at the old Sid Caesar -
Imogene Coca Your Show of Shows. Among the best of Benjamin's
movies are two films whose young protagonists discover themselves,
almost by accident, to be living under false pretenses and phony
identities: Little Nikita, Mrs. Winterbourne.
Waltz Across Texas (Ernest Day, 1982)
D.C. Cab (Joel Schumacher, 1983) The Client, Batman Forever, A Time To Kill
Johnny Dangerously (Amy Heckerling, 1984) Clueless
American Dreamer (Rick Rosenthal, 1984)
Back To School (Alan Metter, 1986) Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
Police Academy II (Jerry Paris, 1986) The Feminist and the Fuzz
Jumpin' Jack Flash (Penny Marshall, 1986) A League of Their Own
Outrageous Fortune (Arthur Hiller, 1987) Teachers, Taking Care of Business
Heartbreak Hotel (Chris Columbus, 1988) Mrs. Doubtfire
Big Business (Jim Abrahams, 1988) Jane Austen's Mafia!
The Naked Gun (David Zucker, 1988) The Naked Gun 2 1/2
Disorganized Crime (Jim Kouf, 1989)
Major League (David S. Ward, 1989) Major League II. Ward wrote
the script for The Sting.
Ask Me Again (Deborah Reinesch, 1989)
Sibling Rivalry (Carl Reiner, 1990) Reiner wrote many of the classic
episodes of the original Dick Van Dyke Show. The Jerk; Dead Men
Don't Wear Plaid
Honeymoon Academy (Eugene Quintano, 1990) National Lampoon's Loaded
Weapon I. Quintano also scripted Making the Grade.
Jury Duty (Michael Schultz, 1990) The Spirit
Don't Tell Her It's Me (Malcolm Mowbray, 1990)
Ghost (Jerry Zucker, 1990) Top Secret! (with Jim Abrahams and David Zucker)
Flashback (Franco Amurri, 1990)
True Identity (Charles Lane, 1991)
Jersey Girl (David Burton Morris, 1992) Hometown Boy Makes Good
Brain Donors (Dennis Dugan, 1992) Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Karroll's
Christmas, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Honeymoon in Vegas (Andrew Bergman, 1992)
The Beverly Hillbillies (Penelope Spheeris, 1993) Wayne's World
Guarding Tess (Hugh Wilson, 1994) Blast From the Past, Dudley Do-Right
The Mask (Charles Russell, 1994) Eraser
Dumb and Dumber (Peter Farrelly, 1994) Stuck On You; Green Book
Tommy Boy (Peter Segal, 1995)
While You Were Sleeping (Jon Turteltaub, 1995)
Emma (Douglas McGrath, 1996)
Trial and Error (Jonathan Lynn, 1997) My Cousin Vinnie
Picture Perfect (Glenn Gordon Caron, 1997)
Merry Christmas, George Bailey (Matthew Diamond, 1997) Undercover Bridesmaid, Falsettos
The Wedding Singer (Frank Coraci, 1998) The Waterboy
Ever After (Andy Tennant, 1998)
Forces of Nature (Bronwen Hughes, 1999) White Collar pilot (84 minute version).
Happy, Texas (Mark Illsley, 1999)
Three to Tango (Damon Santostefano, 1999)
Man of the Century (Adam Abraham, 1999)
Miss Congeniality (Donald Petrie, 2000) Richie Rich; The Associate
Shanghai Noon (Tom Dey, 2000)
Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
Shanghai Knights (David Dobkin, 2003)
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (Robert Luketic, 2004)
I (Heart) Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Garry Marshall, 2004)
Guess Who (Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 2005)
Chalk (Mike Akel, 2006)
Firehouse Dog (Todd Holland, 2007)
The Jane Austen Book Club (Robin Swicord, 2007)
Fixing Pete (Michael Grossman, 2011)
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Ron Oliver, 2012)
The Makeover (John Gray, 2013)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Scott Smith, 2013)
Along Came a Nanny (Michael Scott, 2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
Christmas Incorporated (Jonathan Wright, 2015)
With Love, Christmas (Marita Grabiak. 2017)
Thrillers and Action
Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973) Prince of the City, Power,
Guilty as Sin, Night Falls on Manhattan
The Gangster Chronicles (Richard C. Sarafian, 1981) This is one of Sarafian's often comic-toned tales of crooks,
who dress in extravagant costumes. See also his Western TV series "Wildside" (1985) and its episodes
"The Crimea of the Century", "Buffalo Who?". His "Lawman" TV episode "Trapped" (1961) also has a comic crook with a Big Scheme.
"Lawman" also contains solemn, emotionally involving dramas about people outside social norms: "The Son" (1961), "Clootey Hutter" (1962).
Other TV: "Maverick" episode "The Forbidden City" (1961).
Nighthawks (Bruce Malmuth, 1981) Hard To Kill
Romancing the Stone (Robert Zemeckis, 1982) Contact
Cloak and Dagger (Richard Franklin, 1984)
Dangerously Close (Albert Pyun, 1986) Radioactive Dreams
Choke Canyon (Chuck Bail, 1986)
Out of Bounds (Richard Tuggle, 1986)
Blue City (Michelle Manning, 1986)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (Sam Firstenberg, 1987) Avenging Force
The Rosary Murders (Fred Walton, 1987)
The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987) Get To Know Your Rabbit
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) The Hunt For Red October, The 13th Warrior
Fourth Story (Ivan Passer, 1990)
Born to Ride (Graham Baker, 1991)
Empire City (Mark Rosner, 1991)
The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, 1992) L.A. Takedown
Molly and Gina (Paul Leder, 1993)
Body Shot (Dmitri Logothetis, 1993)
Posse (Mario Van Peebles, 1993) Gang in Blue, Wiseguy: Day One
The Pelican Brief (Alan J. Pakula, 1993)
A Clear and Present Danger (Philip Noyce, 1994)
Speed (Jan DeBont, 1994)
Chameleon (Michael Pavone, 1995)
Fair Game (Andrew Sipes, 1995)
Bullet to Beijing (George Mihalka, 1995)
Tornado! (Noel Nosseck, 1996)
Air Force One (Wolfgang Petersen, 1997)
The Peacemaker (Mimi Leder, 1997)
Red Corner (Jon Avnet, 1997) Fried Green Tomatoes
Psycho (Gus Van Sant, 1998)
The Skulls (Rob Cohen, 2000) The Rat Pack, The Fast and the Furious
Spy Kids (Robert Rodriguez, 2001)
The Elite (Terry Cunningham, 2001)
Daredevil (Mark Steven Johnson, 2003)
Torque (Joseph Kahn, 2004)
Assault on Precinct 13 (Jean-François Richet, 2005)
The Legend of Zorro (Martin Campbell, 2005) Green Lantern
The Illusionist (Neal Burger, 2006)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2014)
Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019)
Journey From Darkness (James Goldstone, 1975) A Clear and Present Danger; The Sun Also Rises
Gibbsville: The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (Frank D. Gilroy, 1975)
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Fiedler Cook, 1979)
Three Women (Robert Altman, 1977) MASH, Nashville, Gosford Park, Tanner on Tanner
The Moderns (Alan Rudolph, 1988)
Oxford Blues (Robert Boris, 1984)
Mr. North (Danny Huston, 1988) The Dead
Don't Cry, Its Only Thunder (Peter Werner, 1982) No Man's Land
Tex (Tim Hunter, 1982)
Places in the Heart (Robert Benton, 1984)
Slam Dance (Wayne Wang, 1987) Chan Is Missing, Smoke, Blue in the
Face, Maid in Manhattan, Because of Winn-Dixie
Stand and Deliver (Ramon Menendez, 1987)
The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan 1988) Silverado
Dream Breakers (Stuart Millar, 1989) When the Legends Die
Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986) Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors
Gaby (Luis Mandoki, 1987) Born Yesterday
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1989)
Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1990)
Boyz n the Hood (John Singleton, 1991)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) The Rosa Parks Story.
Separate But Equal (George Stevens, Jr., 1991) George Stevens: From D-Day to Berlin
Zebrahead (Anthony Drazan, 1992)
Swing Kids (Thomas Carter, 1993)
Foreign Student (Eva Sereny, 1994)
A Walk in the Clouds (Alfonso Arau, 1995)
Living in Oblivion (Tom Di Cillo, 1995). Everything possible goes
wrong on the set of an ultra-cheap, low budget art film in this dark comedy.
Ghosts of Mississippi (Rob Reiner, 1996) A Few Good Men, The American President, Alex and Emma
Amistad (Steven Spielberg, 1997) Catch Me If You Can
Dangerous Beauty (Marshall Herskovitz, 1997)
Kundun (Martin Scorsese, 1997)
Cousin Bette (Des McAnuff, 1997)
Great Expectations (Alfonso Cuarón, 1998)
New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara, 1998)
The Winslow Boy (David Mamet, 1999)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, 1999)
Mystery Train; Night On Earth; Coffee and Cigarettes; Broken Flowers; Paterson
The Color of Friendship (Kevin Hooks, 2000)
Joe and Max (Steve James, 2002)
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Charles Burnett, 2003) Nightjohn; Selma, Lord, Selma
All the Ships at Sea (Dan Sallitt, 2004)
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (Rowdy Herrington, 2004)
Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)
Ocean of Pearls (Sarab Neelam, 2008)
Class (David S. Cass, 2010)
The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011)
Second Chances (Ernie Barbarash, 2013)
Best Christmas Party Ever (John Bradshaw, 2014)
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow (Kristoffer Tabori, 2015)
The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016)
Snowed-Inn Christmas (Gary Yates, 2017)
Very, Very, Valentine (Don McBrearty, 2018)
Once Upon a Prince (Alexander J.F. Wright, 2018)
Royal Hearts (James Brolin, 2018)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller, 2019)
Corvette Summer (Matthew Robbins, 1978) The Legend of Billie Jean
Porky's (Bob Clark, 1981) Porky's II: The Next Day; A Christmas Story
Valley Girl (Martha Coolidge, 1983) Real Genius; The Prince and Me.
The Heavenly Kid (Cary Medoway, 1985)
- Sledge Hammer: Under the Gun (pilot)
- Psych: Truer Lies
- The Glades: Glade-iators!
Just One of The Guys (Lisa Gottlieb, 1985)
Vision Quest (Harold Becker, 1985) Malice
Tuff Turf (Fritz Kiersch, 1985) Into the Sun.
Modern Girls (Jerry Kramer, 1986)
- Swamp Thing: The Emerald Heart
Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch, 1986)
Student Exchange (Mollie Miller, 1987)
Campus Man (Ron Casden, 1987)
Hairspray (John Waters, 1988) Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Crybaby,
Pecker, Cecil B. Demented
Johnny Be Good (Bud Smith, 1988)
Shag (Zelda Barron, 1988)
California Casanova (Nathaniel Christian, 1989)
Catch Me If You Can (Stephen Sommers, 1989)
If Looks Could Kill (William Dear, 1991)
Mystery Date (Jonathan Wacks, 1991)
My Date With the President's Daughter (Alex Zamm, 1998) Crown For Christmas
She's All That (Robert Iscove, 1999)
Never Been Kissed (Raja Gosnell, 1999)
The Prince and the Surfer (Gregory Gieras, Arye Gross, 1999)
Chasing Liberty (Andy Cadiff, 2004)
Experimental films are:
Experimental films are an important part of film history, even if they have usually not developed large audiences.
My article Experimental Films discusses a few of these movies. Recommended Reading:
- Low, low budget films made by individuals outside the commercial film industry.
- Use experimental, unusual film techniques.
- Sheldon Renan, An Introduction to the American Underground
- Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal (1972).
- P. Adams Sitney, Visionary Film (1974).
- Avant-Garde Masters Grants.
- Essential Cinema Anthology Film Archives.
- Fred Camper A vast amount of writing on experimental film.
Le Retour à la raison (Man Ray, 1923) Emak-Bakia, L'étoile de mer,
Les Mystères du Château du Dé
Ballet méchanique (Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, 1924) Murphy made some good Hollywood films: The Night Is Young.
The Love of Zero (Robert Florey, William Cameron Menzies, 1927)
The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich, 1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Melville Webber, James Sibley Watson, 1928) Lot in Sodom
Autumn Fire (Herman G. Weinberg, 1931)
Le Mort du cerf (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1951)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943) At Land, A Study in Choreography for Camera
In the Street (Helen Levitt, Helen Loeb, James Agee, 1944)
Visual Variations on Noguchi (Marie Menken, 1945) Glimpse of the Garden
The Potted Psalm (Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, 1946)
The Lead Shoes (Peterson, 1949)
House of Cards (Joseph Vogel, 1947)
Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947) Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome,
Eaux d'Artifice, Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos
Christmas, USA (Gregory Markopoulos, 1949) Twice a Man
The Uncomfortable Man (Kent Munson, Theodore Huff, 1948)
Image in the Snow (Willard Maas, 1952)
The Wonder Ring (Stan Brakhage, 1955) Desistfilm, Cat's Cradle,
Window Water Baby Moving, Dog Star Man, Eye Myth, Deus Ex, The Wold Shadow,
The Riddle of Lumen, Commingled Containers.
See also "Abstract Films" for Brakhage's work in that category.
Recreation I (Robert Breer, 1957) A Man and His Dog Out for Air, Blazes
Orchard Street (Ken Jacobs, 1956)
The Flower Thief (Ron Rice, 1960) Chumlum
George Dumpson's Place (Ed Emshwiller, 1961 - 1963)
Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963) Scotch Tape
Sins of the Fleshapoids (Mike Kuchar, 1965) The Secret of Wendel Samson; The Craven Sluck
Snowblind (Hollis Frampton, 1968)
OffOn (Scott Bartlett, 1968)
S:tream:S S:ection S:ection:S S:ectioned (Paul J. Sharits, 1968 - 1970)
Our Lady of the Sphere (Larry Jordan, 1969)
Bleu Shut (Robert Nelson, 1970) Oh Dem Watermelons, The Awful Backlash
Quick Billy (Bruce Baillie, 1971) Here I Am, Castro Street, All My Life
Necrology (Standish Lawder, 1971)
Battery Film (Franklin Backus, Richard Protovin, 1985)
Turner (M. M. Serra, 1987)
Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol (Jonas Mekas, 1990) Notes on the Circus
Intestinal Fortitude (Colin Barton, 1991)
Lost Book Found (Jem Cohen, 1996) Amber City, Museum Hours. See also the section "Gay Films".
Raw Images from the Optic Cross (Karl Nussbaum, 1998)
Big Monday (Michael T. Rehfield, 1998) Remarkable feature film, shot in one long take,
as characters move through streets and buildings of Manhattan. Times Square by 50
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek, 2002)
Der Klang des Meeres (Wolfgang Lehmann, Telemach Wiesinger, 2004)
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (Pip Chodorov, 2012)
Abstract Films are films that show patterns of color and light, in motion.
They are sometimes called "color music", "visual music" or "abstract animation" films.
Abstract Films are a subcategory of Experimental Films - but are so distinct they require their own section.
Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921) Vormittagsspuk / Ghosts Before Breakfast
Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1924)
Light Rhythms (Francis Bruguière, Oswell Blakeston, 1930)
Ein Lichtspiel: Schwarz-Weiss-Grau (László Moholy-Nagy, 1930)
Unused special effects for Things to Come.
See also the Architecture Documentaries section.
A Colour Box (Len Lye, 1935) Rainbow Dance, Trade Tattoo, Colour Flight,
Swinging the Lambeth Walk, Free Radicals
Tarantella (Mary Ellen Bute, 1940) Parabola
Composition 1 (Themis) (Dwinell Grant, 1940) Contrathemis
An American March (Oskar Fischinger, 1941) Circles,
Komposition in Blau / Composition in Blue, Allegretto
/ Radio Dynamics, Motion Painting No. 1
1941 (Francis Lee, 1941)
Early Abstractions (Harry Smith, 1946-1957)
Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart, 1949)
Come Closer (Hy Hirsch, 1952)
Catalog (John Whitney, 1961) Celery Stalks at Midnight, Permutations, Arabesque
Lapis (James Whitney, 1963-1966) Yantra
Samadhi (Jordan Belson, 1967) Allures, Light, Fountain of Dreams, Epilogue.
Belson also made special effects for The Right Stuff.
Peyote Queen (Storm De Hirsch, 1965)
Midweekend (Caroline Avery, 1985)
Untitled (For Marilyn) (Stan Brakhage, 1992) Night Music, The Dante Quartet,
Rage Net, Glaze of Cathexis, Stellar, Study in Color and Black and White,
From: First Hymn to the Night - Novalis, The Dark Tower, Water for Maya, Lovesong
Zwerk (Bart Vegter, 2004)
Civil Rights and Equality: Documentaries
See also my lists:
On to Washington (no director credited, 1913)
We Work Again (no director credited, 1937)
A Time for Burning (William C. Jersey, 1967)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein, 1984)
Before Stonewall (Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti, Greta Schiller, 1984)
Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987, 1990)
Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Aviva Kempner, 2000)
Daddy and Papa (Johnny Symons, 2002)
February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (Rebecca Cerese, Daniel Blake Smith, 2003)
Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab, 2004)
For the Bible Tells Me So (Daniel G. Karslake, 2007)
Out in the Silence (Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, 2009) Kumu Hina
Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson, 2011) Freedom Summer
First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (Lee Groberg, 2012)
An American Mosque (David Washburn, 2012)
Television series written by Henry Louis Gates Jr.:
The Day it Snowed in Miami (Joe Cardona, 2014)
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Sabin Streeter, Jamila Wignot, Phil Bertelsen, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, 2013)
- Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (Julia Marchesi, Stacey Holman, Rob Rapley, Cyndee Readdean, 2019)
Spies of Mississippi (Dawn Porter, 2014)
The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price (James Greeson, 2015)
Children of Giant (Hector Galán, 2015)
Out Run (S. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons, 2016) Visually striking film with a dynamic use of bright color.
Karamu: 100 Years in the House (Lance K. Shultz, 2017) About the Cleveland theater group.
PBS NewsHour on Museums, Parks and Memorials:
- Meet bicycle diplomat Ted Osius, America's modern ambassador to Vietnam (2016)
- Tribes across North America converge at Standing Rock, hoping to be heard (2016)
- For African-American female entrepreneurs, funding challenges call for creative bootstrapping (2016)
- How this farming project helps Afghan women grow financial independence (2016)
- How a Georgia county's campaign of terror drove away its black community (2017)
- People across the world rally for women's rights (2017)
- Bringing women conductors to the front of the orchestra (2017)
- Revisiting Japanese internment on the 75th anniversary (2017)
- Why is job opportunity still lagging for people with disabilities? (2017)
- Rev. William Barber is building a new 'moral movement' to reach people on race (2017)
- These undocumented Wisconsin parents 'live with fear every day' (2017)
- The founder of #MeToo doesn't want us to forget victims of color (2017)
Video. Tarana Burke.
- Boston trains women to negotiate in an effort to close the wage gap (2018)
- Jelani Cobb: 'It's impossible to avoid the conclusion that Donald Trump is racist' (2018)
- Female jazz musicians raise their voices against sexism (2018)
- Hirono: Immigrant detention 'very reminiscent' of Japanese-American internment during WWII (2018)
- In times of turmoil, Christmas celebrations focus on empathy (2018)
- California's first Muslim judge on faith and public service (2018)
Video. Halim Dhanidina.
- In 'TransMilitary,' troops fight for the country, banned or not (2019)
- Native American tribes are 'starting to feel the impact' of shutdown funding delay (2019)
- After racist taunts, youth hockey team rallies behind teammate (2019)
- On MLK Day, the need for a 'deeply moral argument' about American injustice (2019)
Video. Rev. William Barber.
- What serving in the military means for this transgender sailor (2019)
- Tattooed, Mexican-American and female: Classical maestra keeps symphony in tune (2019)
Video. Conductor Jessica Bejarano.
- An 'unapologetic' black feminist on accelerating the pace of change (2019)
Video. Brittney Cooper.
- Shunned by country radio, female artists in Nashville are looking to break through (2019)
- Growing 2020 Democratic field emphasizes unity, inclusion (2019)
- Author David Treuer on rewriting the Native American narrative (2019)
- Why the Stonewall Riots represented a 'sea change' for LGBTQ rights (2019)
- 50 years after Stonewall, why so many LGBTQ people are 'still grieving' (2019)
- Stonewall exhibit showcases flash point in LGBTQ community (2019)
- Drag Queen Story Hour offers a different kind of page-turner (2019)
- El Paso shooting stuns tight-knit community that welcomes diversity (2019)
- Remembering the 31 people killed in El Paso and Dayton mass shootings (2019)
- How southern black farmers were forced from their land, and their heritage (2019)
- How Cambodia's 1st all-male, gay dance company is preserving tradition (2019)
Video. Prumsodun Ok.
- U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo on opening a 'doorway of hope' for indigenous artists (2019)
- How these 2 astronauts took a giant leap for womankind (2019)
- Lion dancer makes impact on Chinese Lunar New Year tradition (2020)
- The lessons of Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation (2020)
- Student Reporting Labs on the experiences of LGBTQ youth (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Equality and the Arts:
- Stonewall Inn officially becomes first national monument for gay rights (2016)
- At new museum, relics and treasures reveal U.S. history through African-American lens (2016)
- New national park celebrates Harriet Tubman's legacy (2017)
- At George Washington's house, remembering the enslaved people who built America (2017)
- A national memorial confronts the terror of lynching (2018)
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
- Crystal Bridges offers a world of art in Arkansas' backyard (2018)
- Museums are curating an era of social movements in real time (2018)
PBS NewsHour on Art of the Civil Rights Era:
- 10 children's books that feature diverse characters (2015)
- 'Hamilton' tops the Tonys list during a big year for Broadway (2016)
- On anniversary of church shooting, South Carolina poets offer healing through verse (2016)
- Scotland's national poet writes for those who've been asked 'where are you from?' (2016)
Video. Jackie Kay.
- A play that speaks to Ferguson's tragedy and lets the audience speak back (2016)
- Photographer documents the beauty of difference across the LGBT spectrum (2016)
Video. iO Tillet Wright.
- Inspired by internment camp history, students write a musical work and hear echoes of today (2017)
- Designer born without hands chooses a life of inspiration (2017)
Video. Ryan Hudson-Peralta.
- Long-silenced songs of Holocaust survivors are rediscovered (2017)
- Major Jackson (2017)
- In Broadway's 'The Band's Visit,' mistranslation leads to musical connection (2017)
- This artist is taking on America's history of violence (2018)
Video. Carrie Mae Weems.
- As coal jobs left, this Appalachian arts and culture institution gave residents reasons to stay (2018)
- This poet wants brown girls to know they're worthy of being the hero and the author (2018)
Video. Elizabeth Acevedo.
- Working-class people need to be seen, says Jamaican-born writer Nicole Dennis-Benn (2018)
- Exhibit examines hidden meanings in art from Nazi Germany (2018)
- This street artist portrays Navajo life with large scale murals (2018)
Video. Chip Thomas.
- For these Native American artists, business opportunities arrive by bus (2018)
- How these photographers used a camera to tell stories of rural America (2018)
Video. Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss.
- How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller (2019)
- Why this poet says there is no 'single story spun on a single tongue' (2019)
Video. Erica Dawson.
- How 'Black Panther' costume designer found inspiration worthy of a superhero (2019)
Video. Ruth E. Carter.
- 'Moonlight' writer hopes audiences leave his new play 'full of questions' (2019)
Video. Tarell McCraney.
- Dawoud Bey on photography as a 'transformative experience' (2019)
- Yo-Yo Ma on the importance of telling each other our stories (2019)
- This new ballet celebrates Tennessee's role in ratifying women's right to vote (2019)
Choreographer Gina Patterson, composer Jordan Hamlin: "72 Steps".
- How the writer behind the comic strip 'Baldo' blends humor with humanity (2019)
Video. Hector Cantú.
- In 'Congo Tales,' a visual reimagining of local folklore (2019)
- Memory is a superpower in Ta-Nehisi Coates' novel about the Underground Railroad (2019)
- This Detroit bead museum honors an African legacy while modeling revitalization (2019)
Video. Olayami Dabls.
- A groundbreaking exhibition finally tells the stories of Native women artists (2019)
Rose Simpson, Jill Ahlberg Yohe, "Hearts of Our People".
- George Takei on challenging the 'mindless inhumanity' of U.S. history's darker chapters (2019)
- Largest slave revolt in U.S. history lives on in reenactment (2019)
- How this nomadic music group is bridging cultural divides (2019)
- Black Comic Book Festival draws thousands in Harlem (2020)
- How this philanthropist hopes to boost mid-career women artists (2020)
Susan Unterberg, Elia Alba, Arnie Siegel.
- Cultural institutions celebrate women's suffrage centennial (2020)
- Her son's language disorder inspired this cutting-edge art exhibit (2020)
Video. 'Speechless: Different by Design' exhibit.
PBS NewsHour on Accessible Design:
- Artists reflect pain and consequences of Detroit riots (2017)
- With heart and soul, this exhibit expands how we see civil rights-era America (2019)
Early clips, from the National Film Preservation Foundation:
- Growing advocacy and awareness bringing accessible design to more people than ever (2018)
- Designing accessible fashion for people with disabilities (2018)
- A playground for everyone, no matter your age or ability (2019)
- Newsreel of the key 1913 march to get the right to vote for women:
- Plucky Helen is a telegraph operator, who races against time to defeat villains, in the popular serial "The Hazards of Helen" (1915):
The Enlightenment philosopher Condorcet, in 1790:
"Either no individual of the human species has any true rights, or all have the same;
and he or she who votes against the rights of another, whatever may be his or her religion, color, or sex,
has by that fact abjured his own."
See also my list Political and Social Commentary Tales in Comic Books, and search for "refugees".
PBS NewsHour on Refugees:
PBS NewsHour on the Rohingya:
- What happened when this struggling city opened its arms to refugees (2017)
- Meet a couple separated by thousands of miles and America's new refugee policies (2018)
- Why Uganda is one of the world's most hospitable refugee destinations (2016)
- How giving people a transaction identity changes lives (2018)
- A firsthand report of 'inhumane conditions' at a migrant children's detention facility (2019)
- What it's like inside U.S. facilities where migrants are being held (2019)
- LGBTQ asylum seekers persecuted at home and in U.S. custody (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Refugees and the Arts:
- After massacres, Rohingya in Myanmar are dying from neglect (2018)
- In world's largest refugee camp, Rohingya children face a desperate choice (2019)
- Comic artists draw out stories from resettled Syrian refugees (2017)
- For these refugees, theater plays a 'vital role' in healing (2019)
- This Paris program helps refugees tell their stories through art (2020)
- Washington Post: Angela Merkel welcomed refugees to Germany. They're starting to help the economy. (2019)
Labor, Poverty, and Inequality: Documentaries
Electric Edwardians (Sagar Mitchell, James Kenyon, 1901-1906) Compilation of short films from the North of England.
Mardi Gras: Made in China (David Redmon, 2005)
Triangle Fire (Jamila Wignot, 2011)
Triangle: Remembering the Fire (Daphne Pinkerson, 2011)
Poor Kids (Jezza Neumann, 2012)
Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality (Julia Conley, Lauren Feeney, Cameron Hickey, 2013)
The Graduates/Los Graduados (Bernardo Ruiz, Pamela Aguilar, Katia Maguire, 2013)
America by the Numbers: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town (Leslie Asako Gladsjo, 2014)
America by the Numbers: Surviving Year One (Billy Shebar, Charlotte Mangin, 2014) About infant mortality.
Yoopera! (Suzanne Jurva, Erin Smith, 2014)
The Raising of America: The Signature Hour (Christine Herbes-Sommers, 2015) Helping kids in early childhood.
A Hug From Paul Ryan (Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce, 2016) Scathing look at vile hypocrite Ryan.
Class of '27 (James Rutenbeck, Dustinn Craig, Nina Alvarez, 2016)
Left Behind America (Shimon Dotan, 2018)
German Public Media dw.com:
PBS NewsHour on Inequality: The Problem:
- Poverty in the USA / How poor people survive in the USA (Sébastien Gilles, 2019)
PBS NewsHour on Geography and Inequality:
- Will Britain's Grenfell fire tragedy spur change for social services? (2017)
- Hunger a persistent problem for poor Americans as Republicans mull SNAP cuts (2017)
- The story of American poverty, as told by one Alabama county (2018)
- How economic inequality might affect a society's well-being (2019)
- Can 'baby bonds' help the U.S. close its staggering racial wealth gap? (2019)
- Tailoring a sustainable future for fashion (2019)
- From Lebanon to Chile, economic uncertainty is driving a wave of protests (2019)
- Is this Las Vegas hospitality workers union the future of American labor? (2020)
Culinary Workers Union.
PBS NewsHour on Housing:
- How geography changes life expectancy for America's poorest (2016)
- Giving poor families more choices in where to live can greatly improve health (2017)
PBS NewsHour on Food Stamp cuts:
- The stories behind the unseen eviction crisis (2016)
Interview with Matthew Desmond, author of "Evicted".
- How Minneapolis became the first to end single-family zoning (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Helping Students:
- How would Trump's food stamp plan affect low-income Americans? (2019)
- How cuts to food stamp program could increase 'poor outcomes' for the food insecure (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Helping People:
- This mom leads young people on walks in the woods to prevent and heal from tragedy (2017)
- What happens to learning when students get much-needed glasses (2017)
- Filling in this perception gap can help low-income students succeed (2018)
Community College programs.
- Pop-up pantries aim to reduce food insecurity for college students (2019)
- How access to period products removes a barrier to education (2019)
- How a classroom on wheels is expanding access to early education (2019)
- Students often struggle after a mental health crisis. Can this support system help? (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Homelessness:
- Rebuilding a Chicago neighborhood by forging connections to the Muslim community (2017)
- New Jersey eliminates most cash bail, leads nation in reforms (2017)
- In Baltimore, more employers hiring formerly incarcerated people (2018)
- To help men relaunch their lives, this custom-tailor gives them suits (2018)
- Giving vulnerable residents help before mental health issues land them in jail (2018)
- A scientific approach to evaluating global anti-poverty programs (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Gerrymandering:
- Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge (2015)
- After 8 years, Hawaii sees decline in homelessness rate (2017)
- To fight student homelessness, this school district helps the whole family (2017)
- For these homeless individuals, comfort comes with a collar (2019)
Video. Pets of the homeless.
- How the Dallas Street Choir grants homeless residents a voice (2020)
- Supreme Court to hear case testing the limits of partisan gerrymandering (2017)
Please also see my list of Cooperatives and Worker-owned Businesses
in mystery fiction and science fiction.
Shift Change (Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin, 2012) About cooperatives and worker-owned businesses.
- Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide (2016)
- For these Native American artists, business opportunities arrive by bus (2018)
Video. Credit Unions.
- Could selling PG&E to its customers help solve California's power problems? (2019)
Video. Sam Liccardo.
Health, Health Care, Medicaid: Documentaries
PBS NewsHour on Health Care, Medicaid and the U.S. Affordable Care Act:
PBS NewsHour on Health Care in the Developing World:
- Hospitals worry an ACA repeal could harm their financial health (2017)
- Medicaid cuts are 'going to affect everyone,' insurance CEO says (2017)
- Why schools are worried about Medicaid cuts hurting special education (2017)
- For vulnerable Californians, expanded Medicaid is a lifeline at risk of being cut (2017)
- Conservatives are targeting the wrong things to bring down health care costs, says hospital system CEO (2017)
- Senate health bill puts many moms and babies at risk, says March of Dimes president (2017)
- What Medicaid patients in West Virginia want from health care reform (2017)
- Why are black mothers and infants far more likely to die in U.S. from pregnancy-related causes? (2018)
- With highest hepatitis C mortality rate in U.S., Oregon expands access to life-saving drugs (2018)
- Stacey Abrams: 'Democrats can't win by pretending to be Republicans' (2018)
- Why Trump's change to Title X funding means fewer health choices for women (2019)
- Behind the troubling rise of uninsured American kids (2019)
Video. "to disenfranchise the poor."
PBS NewsHour on AIDS:
- The $20 prosthetic knee that could change lives in India (2015)
- Cervical cancer is most deadly in India. This program is trying to change that. (2017)
- This simple correction for clubfoot is a life changer for kids in India (2017)
- Impact of 'global gag rule' goes beyond abortion for these health groups in Kenya (2017)
- Fighting malaria in the remote reaches of Cambodia (2019)
- A brief but spectacular take on eradicating avoidable blindness (2019)
Video. Andrew Bastawrous.
- Nigeria hits polio milestone as the world eyes eradication (2020)
- How war and misinformation are complicating the DRC's Ebola battle (2020)
- Despite outbreak, Ebola treatment and vaccine represent 'resounding scientific success' (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Health:
- Isolation and stigma sustain HIV in the South: 'It's like we're on a deserted island' (2018)
- The End of AIDS: Far From Over (2018)
Website with 5 Videos.
- On the front lines: One doctor's decades-long fight to heal Haiti (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Health and Nature:
- Nonprofit helping low-income patients describes itself as 'Match.com meets the Peace Corps' (2018)
- Why addressing mental illness isn't enough to reduce gun violence (2019)
Researchers Garen Wintemute, Jeffrey Swanson.
- Navdeep Kang (2019)
Video. The opioid epidemic.
- How building a community of care can improve farm workers' health (2019)
- Why millennials are increasingly choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle (2019)
- 15 percent of Americans have migraine disease. Why aren't there better treatment options? (2020)
- Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature (2019)
- Ambitious Louisville study seeks to understand impact of trees on our health (2019)
- The Nation: Mike Pence Is Still to Blame for an HIV Outbreak in Indiana - but for New Reasons.
The avoidable Scott County epidemic may reveal a terrifying future for public health in America. (2018)
Religion and Spirituality: Documentaries
The Long Search (Ronald Eyre, 1977)
Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg, 1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1983) Anima Mundi
Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992)
The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America (Gerald Krell, Meyer Odze, Adam Krell, 2010)
PBS NewsHour on the crisis in Africa and Yemen:
- Drought and famine threaten life for nomadic Somali herders (2017)
- Cholera, hunger and war are ravaging Yemen. What role does the U.S. play? (2017)
- How political and military conflict caused the return of famine (2018)
- Scarred by war, Yemen's children carry burdens beyond their years (2018)
- How food became a weapon of war in Yemen (2018)
- Nearly 85,000 Yemeni children died from hunger and disease during civil war, aid group says (2018)
PBS NewsHour on Water Shortages:
- Arid Middle East faces political battles over water shortfalls (2018) Part 1.
- Water crisis may make Gaza Strip uninhabitable by 2020 (2019) Part 2.
- How scientists are harvesting fog to secure the world's water supply (2019)
- Water-stressed cities in India turn to innovation for a safe, stable supply (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Hong Kong:
PBS NewsHour on Taiwan:
- What Hong Kong's backpedal on China extradition law means for Beijing (2019)
- Amid paralyzing Hong Kong demonstrations, China threatens grave consequences (2019)
- After recent chaos, Hong Kong protesters hold peaceful march (2019)
- Nearly 2 million protest in Hong Kong, as Chinese forces gather near the border (2019)
- Hong Kong protest violence draws stark contrast to China's anniversary pomp (2019)
- How will Beijing respond to Hong Kong election results and leaked Uighur documents? (2019)
- Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Uighurs:
- Taiwan approves same-sex marriage, a first in Asia (2019)
- In Taiwan, presidential election brings long-simmering tensions with China to the surface (2020)
PBS NewsHour on the New Coronavirus, cause of Covid-19:
- What's behind China's mass crackdown on Uighur Muslims? (2018)
- 5 rights groups urge U.N. chief to condemn China over Muslims (2019)
- China calls it re-education, but Uyghur Muslims say it's 'unbearable brutality' (2019)
- What is happening with the Uighurs in China? (2019)
- Leaked docs give inside view of China's mass detention camps (2019)
- This dissident leaked explosive documents depicting China's brutal treatment of Uighurs (2020)
Video. Asiye Abdulahat.
- Leaked data shows how China detained Uighurs due to religion (2020)
PBS NewsHour series "China: Power and Prosperity" (Nick Schifrin, Katrina Yu, Morgan Till, Daniel Sagalyn, Eric O'Connor, 2019):
The Guardian on Uighurs:
- Death of Chinese doctor who tried to warn of new coronavirus sparks public outrage (2020)
Video. Dr. Li Wenliang.
- How novel coronavirus outbreak has disrupted life across China (2020)
- Chinese activists confront censorship, violence to expose truth about outbreak (2020)
- Revealed: power and reach of China's surveillance dragnet: How China uses technology to push its campaign against Muslim minorities beyond its own borders (2019)
- 'What has happened to me': manga depicting Uighur torture hits 2.5m views: Japanese artist's story of Xinjiang woman's experience highlights plight of Muslim minority in China (2019)
Japanese manga artist Tomomi Shimizu
- Secret memo on how to run China's prison camps - annotated: Excerpts from a 2017 'telegram' from Zhu Hailun, the top security official for Xinjiang (2019)
- Uighur man's 10-year sentence shows harsh reality of Chinese repression: Court transcript offers insight into nature and extent of crackdown on ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang (2019)
The World: Documentaries
The Police Force of New York City (no director credited, 1910)
Regen / Rain (Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken, 1929) De Brug / The Bridge
An Aimless Walk (Alexander Hammid, 1930)
Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister, 1942)
We Never Sleep (Larry O'Reilly, 1956) Fortune Seekers
Primary (Robert Drew, 1960)
God Respects Us When We Work But Loves Us When We Dance (Les Blank, 1968)
Talking to Americans (Geoff D'Eon, 2001)
Être et avoir / To Be and To Have (Nicholas Philibert, 2002)
Hard Corps (David Malver, 2002) A look at drum corps.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) Roger & Me
Uncovered: The War on Iraq (Robert Greenwald, 2004) Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers
No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson, 2007)
Ron Howard's Call to Action (Jake Szymanski, 2008)
Hot Coffee (Susan Saladoff, 2011)
The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin (Buck Kahler, 2011)
Som Sabadell (no director credited, 2012)
PBS NewsHour on NATO and the threat from Putin:
- How likely is a military conflict with North Korea? (2017)
- Will U.S. stay committed to toxic Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam? (2017)
- U.S. is gutting its ability to make peace, says Ronan Farrow (2018)
Video. Destroying the US State Department.
- UK court ruling leaves Johnson with fewer options on Brexit (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Trade:
- Why is Trump criticizing key allies to U.S. security? (2017)
- U.S. NATO troops surge in Europe after Russian aggression (2017)
- Pride, patriotism and how Putin helped redefine what it means to be a 'true Russian' (2017)
- The deadly risk of standing up to Putin (2017)
- In Russia, opposition grows as fear of the state fades (2017)
PBS NewsHour on Getting Rid of Old Bombs and Land Mines:
- Texas on front lines of NAFTA negotiations (2017)
- With Brexit looming, Ireland braces for its economic impact (2017)
- In Gibraltar, British citizens worry about effects of Brexit (2017)
- What limiting foreign trade would mean for the U.S. economy (2017)
PBS NewsHour on India:
- Decades on, millions of unexploded American bombs left behind still kill and maim in Laos (2016)
- How giant African rats are helping uncover deadly land mines in Cambodia (2019)
Video. Hero Rats!
- How people of Kashmir are reacting to India's crackdown (2019)
- India's immigrant crackdown leaves nearly 2 million in limbo (2020)
How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat (no director credited, 1917)
The Tribal Eye (David Attenborough, 1976) See also nature films.
Dale Chihuly: Glass Master (Vicki Dunakin, 1987)
Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1989)
901: After 45 Years of Working (Eames Demetrios, 1990)
About the Office (design studio) of Charles and Ray Eames.
Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper (Hiro Narita, 1997)
American Visions (John Bush, Julia Cave, James Kent, Christopher Spencer, David Wilcock, 1997)
The Impressionists (Bruce Alfred, 2001) Biographical film about the French Impressionist painters.
Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes (Tom Neff, 2002) A look at musician Herb Alpert's abstract paintings and sculptures.
Frazetta: Painting with Fire (Lance Laspina, 2003) Portrait of the artist Frank Frazetta.
The Saffron Gates (Philip Schopper, 2005)
Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place (Christine Lundberg, Rawn Fulton, 2007)
This Is US: Scott Weaver (John Gregg, 2010)
Herblock: The Black & The White (Michael Stevens, 2013)
Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists (Letitia Popa Schwartz, Judith Vogelsang, 2013)
Texas Southern University Murals ( 2013)
Detroit Performs: Pete Coe (Jim Graessle, 2014)
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (Dyanna Taylor, 2014)
What Was Ours (Mat Hames, 2016)
Love, Cecil (Lisa Immordino Vreeland, 2017) About photographer and designer Cecil Beaton.
Civilizations (2018) A series on art history.
Short films on art:
- The Second Moment of Creation (Tim Niel) About art in early history.
- Paradise on Earth (Ashley Gething) About landscape art.
- Color and Light (Hugo MacGregor) About color in art.
- Untangling the puzzle of Sol LeWitt's open cubes (2013)
Films on saving art from the Nazis:
- The Rape of Europa (Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nichole Newnham, 2006)
- The Man Who Saved the Louvre (Jean-Pierre Devillers, Pierre Pochart, 2014)
PBS NewsHour on Contemporary Artists:
PBS NewsHour on Classic Artists:
- In Austin, using skateboarding as an inspiration for art (2015)
Video. Jared Steffensen.
- These floating piers let visitors (almost) walk on water (2016)
- Light show turns primeval Kyoto forest, shrine into a kaleidoscope (2016)
- The weaver who helped resurrect an endangered Lao artform (2016)
Video. Carol Cassidy.
- An illustrator explains the art of making pictures speak to children (2016)
Video. Christian Robinson.
- Depicting colonialism and globalization through art 'full of contradiction' (2017)
Video. Yinka Shonibare.
- David Hockney thinks you should take a longer look at life (2018)
- This San Francisco art exhibit takes another look at trash (2019)
Video. Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Leah Rosenberg.
- Artist Miguel Colon on community and learning to see himself (2019)
- How this neon sign maker blends art and science to keep Oklahoma City aglow (2019)
Video. Katherine Reynolds.
- The fleeting beauty of artist Andy Goldsworthy's 'rain shadows' (2019)
- Angel Otero's brief but spectacular take on discovering his artistic voice (2019)
- An artist hopes the stories of our treasured objects can help us understand each other (2019)
Video. Kerrianne Quick.
- A photographer's take on analog documentation in a digital world (2019)
Video. Uldus Bakhtiozina.
- Mr. Christmas' mini worlds are a trip down memory lane (2019)
Video. Scott Hildebrandt.
- Once a neglected house, 'Rainbow Embassy' is a beacon of rebirth in Arkansas (2020)
Article. Okuda San Miguel.
PBS NewsHour on Group Exhibits, Museums and Festivals:
- Artist M.C. Escher spent a lifetime distorting perspective (2019)
- With East Village exhibition, the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat comes home (2019)
- For the first time ever, 'All the Rembrandts' are on display in Amsterdam (2019)
- For the legendary Alexander Girard, design was in the details (2019)
- Blockbuster da Vinci exhibition showcases the master's 'endless curiosity' (2019)
- Winslow Homer's long love affair with the sea (2019)
- How van Gogh became van Gogh: Rare show presents artist alongside those who inspired him (2019)
- At rare J.M.W. Turner show, the watercolors are as fragile as they are many (2019)
PBS NewsHour on the Arts and Rural Areas:
- New contemporary art museum shows off complex identities of Africa (2017)
- Why Hobby Lobby is in trouble for importing artifacts (2017)
- How this artist fantasyland became a New Mexico moneymaker (2018)
Video. House of Eternal Return.
- At giant NYC art fair, a look at what matters to artists today (2018)
Video. Armory Show.
- In a world transformed by technology, these workers hold on to near-obsolete jobs (2018)
- How Dartmouth College's Hood Museum is telling a new 'story of art' (2019)
- What this year's Whitney Biennial says about contemporary American art (2019)
- How Polaroid pioneered the instant photography revolution (2020)
- Can this rural town go from a youth exodus to an art epicenter? (2018)
Video. Green River, Utah.
- Artist communities thrive along the disappearing Salton Sea (2018)
- In rural Oregon, regional theater sparks a creative revival (2018)
Video. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
- This festival aims to bridge the urban-rural political divide 'in a time of rot' (2018)
Video. Fermentation Fest.
- With emphasis on arts, rural communities challenge national narrative of decline (2019)
Laura Zabel, Sam Miltich, Molly Johnston, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Amber Buckanaga; Springboard for the Arts.
Unzipped (Douglas Keeve, 1995)
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills (Cecile Leroy Beaulieu, 2007)
Iris (Albert Maysles, 2014)
NYC Ballet Presents: THE DREAMERS by Justin Peck with costumes by Dries van Noten (Matt Bockelman, 2016)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning: Documentaries
Demolishing and Building Up of the Star Theater (Frederick S. Armitage, 1901)
Deschutes Driftwood (Robert C. Bruce, 1916)
Lake Tahoe, Land of the Sky (no director credited, 1916)
Manhatta (Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler, 1921)
Hollywood the Unusual (William Taylor, circa 1927) The zany, exotic architecture of Los Angeles.
The New Architecture and the London Zoo (László Moholy-Nagy, 1936).
See also the Abstract Films section.
Antonio Gaudi (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1985) Documentary about the Barcelona architect.
Frank Lloyd Wright (Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, 1998)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003) In depth look at
how Los Angeles and its architecture is portrayed in movies.
Loos Ornamental (Heinz Emigholz, 2008) About architect Adolf Loos.
The Olmsted Legacy: America's Urban Parks (Rebecca Messner, 2011)
The Grove (Andy Abrahams Wilson, 2011) About the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco.
Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life (Stephen R. Kellert, Bill Finnegan, 2011)
Architecture that encourages a love of nature, with many contemporary buildings shown.
The film's website has a list of locales.
10 Buildings That Changed America (Dan Protess, 2013) 10 That Changed America (2016).
These delightful films are the best place to start learning about American architecture, parks and city planning.
The Wikipedia has a list of locales.
A second season (2018) includes Streets, Monuments, and Modern Marvels.
This is good, but not quite at the same level as the earlier episodes.
Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City (Marc Doyle, Chesney Blankenstein Doyle, 2014)
Time Scanners: Machu Picchu (Tom Stubberfield, 2014)
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (Peter Rosen, 2016)
PBS NewsHour on Low-Cost Housing:
- New leadership in Medellin, Colombia, has transformed former 'world murder capital' (2014)
- Archaeologists in Peru add drones to their list of tools (2015)
- A new wing at Tate Modern, more space for underrepresented artists (2016)
- Hot in Cleveland? The city's new, cool Public Square (2016)
Video. James Corner.
- Architect on African American History Museum's unique exterior (2016)
- Scottish city looks to culture to reinvent its future (2019)
Dundee and its V&A Dundee museum.
- How landscape designer Piet Oudolf captures nature's 'emotion' (2019)
- How Rotterdam became a center of architectural experimentation (2019)
- With newly expanded campus, Kennedy Center aims to make art an experience for all (2019)
In Residence (series of short films):
- Detroit's tiny houses give residents a home to rebuild their lives (2017)
- How these Alabama architecture students are improving lives with low-cost home designs (2018)
- Ricardo Bofill (Albert Moya, 2014)
- Xavier Corbero (Albert Moya, 2015)
- Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (Max Hemmings, 2018)
Travel and City Symphonies: Documentaries
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, 1888) Roundhay Garden Scene
Lumière Brothers' First Films (Louis Lumière, 1895 - 1897)
Compilation of 85 of the Brothers' best short films, each 50 seconds long.
Rien que les heures (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1926)
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1928) Stride, Soviet!
Hong Kong: "The Hub of the Orient" (James A. FitzPatrick, 1937) Stockholm: Pride of Sweden,
Ancient Egypt, Paris on Parade, Cairo, City of Contrast; Glimpses of Argentina,
Historic Maryland, West Point on the Hudson,
Colorful North Carolina, A Day in Death Valley, Where Time Stands Still,
Merida and Campeche, Around the World in California, Glimpses of New Scotland,
Night Life in Chicago, Calling on Michigan, Playlands of Michigan, Quebec in Summertime,
Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City,
Life on the Thames, Egypt Speaks, In the Valley of the Rhine.
FitzPatrick did many short travelogues, often in brilliant color.
A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1940s
Voices & Visions (1988)
Poetry in America (Elisa New, 2018)
- Walt Whitman (Jack Smithie)
See the website of the Poetry Foundation.
- "Fast Break" by Edward Hirsch
- "Skyscraper" by Carl Sandburg
- "The Gray Heron" by Galway Kinnell
1925 Studio Tour (Unknown director, 1925) A look at the MGM Studio
Okay for Sound (Unknown director, 1946)
Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (Charles Musser, 1982)
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (Kevin Brownlow, David Gill, 1996)
James Dean: Forever Young (Michael J. Sheridan, 2005)
Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin (Robert Fischer, 2006)
Silent Britain (David Thompson, 2006)
House of Harrington (Tyler Hubby, Jeffrey Schwarz, 2008) About the great filmmaker Curtis Harrington.
Sous le nom de Melville / Code Name Melville (Olivier Bohler, 2008) About Jean-Pierre Melville.
Oregon's Animation Magic (Eric Slade, 2017)
- 'Paterson' is an ode to making art from the details of everyday life (2017)
Climate Change and Renewable Energy
An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) Global Warming
Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine, 2006)
Search for the Super Battery (Daniel McCabe, 2017) (See also section on Science.)
Explore climate change solutions at Drawdown.
Covering Climate Now. "A global journalism initiative
committed to bringing more and better coverage to the defining story of our time."
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change: Current Situation:
- Only 2 countries are meeting their climate pledges. Here's how the 10 worst could improve (2019)
- How 'climate procrastination' has put the planet in peril (2019)
- Despite extreme weather and surging activism, 2019 saw political paralysis on climate (2019)
Video. A survey of 2019's problems.
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change: Calls for Political Action:
- Climate marchers urge Trump to protect environment (2017)
- Rising conservative voices call for climate change action (2017)
- Gov. Jerry Brown: Trump's move to reject Paris agreement hurts America and will cost jobs (2017)
- 'It's happening, it's now,' says U.S. government report on climate change (2018)
- Why Democrats say the U.S. needs a Green New Deal to combat climate change (2019)
Video. Sen. Ed Markey.
- Gov. Jay Inslee on climate change (2019)
- Beto O'Rourke (2019)
- Folk legend Joan Baez reflects on a life in music and activism (2019)
- Climate activist Greta Thunberg on the power of a movement (2019)
- Why Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks revoking emissions standards could be 'catastrophic' (2019)
- Why extreme climate scenarios no longer seem so unlikely (2019)
Video. Economists on extreme risks from climate change.
- Youth marches for climate action draw millions around the world (2019)
- Fiery calls to action at UN climate summit don't win pledges from worst emitters (2019)
- Read climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech to the UN (2019)
Article and Video.
- Pledges for global climate fund reach nearly $10 Billion (2019)
- Climate activists from African nations make urgent appeal (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change: Case Studies:
- Fighting for freshwater amid climate change (2017)
Video. In the Marshall Islands.
- Why planes can't fly when it's too hot, and other ways our civilization can't take the heat (2017)
- In 2017, politics overshadowed science and scientists fought back (2017)
- Cape Town drought limits people to 13 gallons of water a day (2018)
- Cape Town drought is a global harbinger, says NASA scientist (2018)
- Sea levels could rise three feet by 2100, study projects (2018)
- Global temperatures reach extreme highs, breaking records (2018)
- These 2017 weather disasters were worsened by climate change (2018)
- Flooding devastates parts of the Midwest after huge winter storm (2019)
- Midwest floods foreshadow national security threat posed by climate change (2019)
- Roads, towns and livelihoods are washed away in Midwest floods (2019)
- Climate change pushes Florida's mangroves north (2019)
- Climate change is killing crops in Honduras - and driving farmers north (2019)
- Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report (2019)
- As temperatures soar, a 'heat dome' is coming to the Arctic (2019)
- What this summer's record-breaking heat means for global sea level rise (2019)
- How our food is grown and consumed is making climate change worse. What can we do? (2019)
- New analysis finds parts of the U.S. have already warmed close to critical 2-degree level (2019)
- 2019 Arctic Report Card warns of California-sized algal blooms and imperiled livelihoods (2019)
- What a 'sobering' report on Arctic ice loss means for global sea levels (2019)
Video. Erich Osterberg.
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change: Antarctica:
- Antarctica is melting faster than scientists expected (2017)
- Antarctic penguins have existed for 60 million years. Can they survive climate change? (2019)
- Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise? (2019)
- A risky expedition to study the 'doomsday glacier' (2020)
Video. Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.
PBS NewsHour on Renewable, Clean and Innovative Energy:
- How drinking water pipes can also deliver electric power (2015)
- Can Denmark make energy demand follow renewable supply? (2015)
- To run completely on clean energy, Denmark harnesses wind power (2015)
- How building a better battery would change the game for renewable energy (2015)
- U.S. builds first offshore wind farm (2016)
- How Norway's government made electric cars irresistible (2017)
- Scientists work to harness power from Hawaii's waves (2017)
- In remote Kenyan villages, solar startups bring light (2017)
- Rethinking the utility company as solar power heats up (2017)
- Morocco turns the Sahara desert into a solar energy oasis (2018)
- Can solar energy speed Puerto Rico's recovery? Here's what it would take (2018)
- Can an entire town run on solar? (2018)
- Scotland is betting on tidal energy (2018)
Video. Part 1 on tidal energy.
- Brexit may divert power from these ocean energy advances (2018)
Video. Part 2 on tidal energy.
- How artificial intelligence spotted every solar panel in the U.S. (2018)
- As U.S. cedes leadership on climate, China steps up (2019)
- This Massachusetts house uses almost no energy (2019)
Video. Ali Malkawi, HouseZero.
- How China is driving the future of electric cars (2019)
- US green economy growth dwarfs Donald Trump's highest hopes for the fossil fuel industry (2019)
- How the end of a major tax incentive may impact wind energy (2020)
- Can peer pressure be harnessed to fight climate change? (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Agriculture and Climate Change:
- The race to develop coffee that can survive climate change (2018)
- India's struggling farmers find seeds of hope in heritage crops (2018)
- This aquatic grass could help shellfish threatened by ocean acidification (2018)
- What rising temperatures in the Gulf of Maine mean for the state's lobster industry (2019)
- How a new grain could help combat climate change (2019)
Wikipedia on Thinopyrum intermedium.
- Disease threatens Italy's once booming olive oil industry (2020)
- Climate change, development batter Mississippi Delta oysters (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Waste Being Used for Energy:
- How the French are burning garbage to heat homes (2015)
- Turning poop into power, not pollution (2016)
- Tackling India's towering landfills takes cultural innovation (2017)
- How one utility powers its entire plant from wastewater (2019)
- How these Massachusetts farmers are turning manure and food waste into power (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Adaptation:
- 'Living shorelines' use oyster shells and marsh grass to reverse coastal erosion (2018)
- During a flood, these drones can help identify water contamination (2018)
- As seas continue to rise, New Jersey buys residents out of flood zones (2019)
- The radical approach these communities have taken to flood mitigation (2019)
- The future of ocean life is bleak if we don't cut carbon emissions (2019)
Video. Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.
- As water levels rise, this Alaska town is fleeing to higher ground (2019)
Video. Newtok, Alaska.
- How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River (2020)
Video. Davenport, Iowa.
PBS NewsHour on potential Carbon Capture:
- To combat climate change, these scientists are turning CO2 into rock (2016)
- This new 'battery' aims to spark a carbon capture revolution (2019)
- Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of 'untold suffering' (2019)
- The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump (2019)
- Environmental photographer of the year 2019 winners (2019)
- Environmental photographer of the year 2018 winners (2018)
- Vox: The Sunshine Movement's climate change activists are young, angry and effective (2019)
- Vox: Climate strike March 15: photos from around the world (2019)
- Vox: Australia's massive fires, as seen from space (2020)
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Researchers think they know what's causing record water levels on and flooding around the Great Lakes: climate change (2019)
- Scientific American: Global Warming May Dwindle the Supply of a Key Brain Nutrient (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Scientists Studying Climate:
- NASA scientists track climate-changing methane leaks from the air (2018)
- Uncovering the history of Earth's climate (2019)
Video. Maureen Raymo.
PBS NewsHour on Cimate and Finance:
- World's largest asset manager says it will focus on climate change (2020)
- Why climate change means new risks for U.S. financial markets (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Coral Reef Destruction:
- Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef (2017)
- 'Chasing Coral' documents destruction of coral reefs (2017)
PBS NewsHour on Hurricanes:
- Desperation in Puerto Rico fuels frustration with federal response (2017)
- As small hints of normal life return, Puerto Rico faces a colossal task to rebuild (2017)
- Chaotic and unending recovery after Hurricane Maria leads to far more dead than official government estimates (2018)
- Cyclone leaves Mozambique desperate and submerged (2019)
- After devastating cyclone, Mozambique fears hunger, disease (2019)
- In Mozambique, cyclone survivors grow frantic amid shortage of food (2019)
- Monster cyclone slams northeast India, takes aim at Bangladesh (2019)
- After Dorian, Bahamas' path to recovery is obscured by uncertainty (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Forest Fires (Please also see the large section on the Amazon Rainforest):
- California wildfires take a toll on firefighters (2016)
- Florida is burning and it's just the start of the dry season (2017)
- Climate change is part of California's perfect recipe for intense wildfire (2017)
- Genetics, climate change and space highlight the year in science (2018)
- Deadly wildfires rage across Australia, with forecasts of worse to come (2020)
- PHOTOS: Australia endures deadly, historic wildfires (2020)
Article with photos.
- Australia's catastrophic and relentless battle with bushfires (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Louisiana:
- Climate change is jeopardizing trade along the Mississippi River (2020)
- Louisiana researchers tackle a changing Mississippi Delta (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change and the Arts:
PBS NewsHour on Climate Change:
- These vivid NYC murals spotlight climate-threatened birds (2016)
- In Miami, how art intersects with technology and climate change (2019)
- At Smithsonian's renovated Hall of Fossils, dinosaurs are just the beginning (2019)
- An Austrian art exhibit explores the value of nature (2019)
- This artist weaves extreme weather data into art (2020)
Video. Nathalie Miebach.
- Is the Paris climate accord unfair to the U.S.? Putting Trump's claims in context (2017)
- How Trump's Paris decision drove the top U.S. diplomat in China to quit (2017)
- EPA launching program to challenge climate science (2017)
- Interior official turns whistleblower, claiming retaliation for climate change work (2017)
- Some states are trying to downplay teaching of climate change. Teachers see 'educational malpractice' (2018)
- Why U.S. lawmakers failed to act on climate change decades ago (2018)
Food Production and Waste
Sunshine Gatherers (George E. Stone, 1921)
White House Red Carpet with Julia Child (1968)
Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
Sequel: Deux ans après / Two Years Later.
PBS NewsHour on Food Waste (a key cause of Climate Change):
- Start-ups, organizations take on America's food waste challenge (2014)
- Why does almost half of America's food go to waste? (2015)
- These policies helped South Korea's capital decrease food waste (2017)
- How uneaten college cafeteria meals can help fight food insecurity (2019)
- Is France's groundbreaking food-waste law working? (2019)
- Americans waste up to 40 percent of the food they produce (2019)
- In the U.S., 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted. California aims to change that (2019)
- How Americans can change their mindset about wasting food (2019)
- Chef Kwame Williams prepares zero-waste broccoli coleslaw (2019)
- In India, this group helps turn wasteland into greener pastures (2018)
- African food businesses get nurturing from well-known giants (2018)
- War veterans find sustenance - and solace - in farming (2018)
- Shutdown comes at a 'tough time' to be an American farmer (2019)
Video. Farm Aid's Joe Schroeder.
- Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report (2019)
- How our food is grown and consumed is making climate change worse. What can we do? (2019)
- Can sustainable farming save Iowa's precious soil and water? (2019)
- Traditional Native foods are the key ingredient in the Sioux Chef's healthy cooking (2019)
Video. Sean Sherman.
- Can beer help save an Arizona river? (2020)
Video. Growing low-water-use barley.
PBS NewsHour on Hydroponics and Indoor Farming:
- Could indoor farming help address future food shortages? (2017)
- WFP uses new tech to fight refugee food shortages in Jordan (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Fish and Fishing:
- Can the seafood industry get Americans to eat local fish? (2017)
- Author Paul Greenberg on why Americans should eat more fish (2018)
- Midwest battles to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Bees and Beekeeping:
Edible roots, ferns and fruits from the Ecuador rainforest are making a splash at Quito's gourmet restaurants.
The country's indigenous communities now earn money selling the produce to city establishments. (2018)
- Why urban beekeeping is a rising trend in major cities (2016)
- As bee populations decline, can technology help fill the gap? (2019)
- This nonprofit has a sweet plan for reclaiming vacant Detroit lots (2019)
Explore climate change solutions at Drawdown.
- The Nation: Rural America Doesn't Have to Starve to Death. A predatory and extractive financial sector has hollowed out communities across the US. (2020)
- International pressure mounts for Brazil to counter raging Amazon fires (2019)
- As Brazilians struggle to breathe through Amazon's smoke, Bolsonaro rejects foreign aid (2019)
- Three-part series on Brazil and the Amazon:
- What Bolsonaro's presidency means for Brazil and the Amazon (2019)
- How Amazon deforestation could push the climate to a 'tipping point' (2019)
Video. Key look at long-range issues.
- In Brazil, fires and deforestation threaten Amazon species' survival (2019)
- Two-part series on Peru and the Amazon:
- Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland (2019)
- Peru looks for reforms after mining decimates the Amazon (2019)
- Indigenous leaders call attention to disastrous forest fires (2019)
- Can you guess how many trees are on Earth? (2015)
German Public Media dw.com:
- Amazon fires: the tribes fighting to save their dying rainforest (2019)
- We, the peoples of the Amazon, are full of fear. Soon you will be too (2019)
Article and Video. By Raoni Metuktire.
Wikipedia on Raoni Metuktire.
- Large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are burning (2019)
- Amazon rainforest fires (2019)
Article and Videos.
- 'Murderer of nature': Evo Morales blamed as Bolivia battles devastating fires (2019)
Article and Video.
- Amazon deforestation is driven by criminal networks, report finds (2019)
- Amazon rainforest burning at a record rate (2019)
- Edible roots, ferns and fruits from the Ecuador rainforest are making a splash at Quito's gourmet restaurants.
The country's indigenous communities now earn money selling the produce to city establishments. (2018)
Explore climate change solutions at Drawdown.
- Vox.com: These 3 supertrees can protect us from climate collapse. But can we protect them? (2019)
- Washington Post: Brazil's cattle ranchers are clear-cutting and burning the rainforest amid a surge in beef exports
- PBS NewsHour: 9 numbers you need to know to understand the Amazon fires (2019)
- PBS NewsHour: How the U.S.-China trade war could damage the Amazon rainforest (2019)
- NPR: SOS From Brazil's Amazon Fire Protesters: 'We Need The World's Help Right Now'
Please see the next section, filled with wonderful photos of Tropical Trees.
Tropical Trees: Photos
The following plant families include tropical trees. Members of these families often occur both inside the Amazon forest,
and elsewhere in the tropics.
Please see my list of Plant Resources, for links to these great photo collections as a whole.
Or click on the links below. These plant pictures are some of the most beautiful, joyous photographs ever.
Lecythidaceae is a family of spectacular tropical trees.
They include the "Brazil nut" tree, a symbol of the Amazon Forest. Good photos:
Flore de Guyane,
Grias neuberthii (many flowers),
Barringtonia in New Caledonia,
Couratari guianensis Flower,
Couratari guianensis Fruit,
Couratari guianensis Fruit.
The Bean family includes
Gerald Carr: Caesalpinioideae,
Quillaja is a small genus of trees, related to the Bean Family:
The Protea family (Proteaceae) includes
Proteaceae in New Caledonia,
North Queensland Plants,
The Myrtle order (Myrtales) includes families:
Primitive Flowering Plants:
Lythraceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
Flora of Mozambique,
North Queensland Plants,
The Pomegranate: Punica granatum,
Myrtaceae in New Caledonia,
Myrtaceae in Madagascar,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
Flore de Guyane,
Combretaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
Flore de Guyane,
Melastomataceae in Madagascar,
Melastomataceae in New Caledonia,
- Memecylaceae (often included as a subfamily in Melastomataceae):
Lijndenia roborea and Memecylon cotinifolioides,
Flore de Guyane,
Winterales includes families:
Amborella in New Caledonia,
- Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily family):
- Illiciaceae (Star anise family) (often included as a subfamily in Schisandraceae):
- Annonaceae (Custard Apple family):
Flore de Guyane,
Annonaceae in Madagascar,
- Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family):
- Myristicaceae (Nutmeg family):
Flore de Guyane,
Zygogynum in New Caledonia,
Zygogynum in New Caledonia,
Takhtajania in Madagascar,
Pleodendron macranthum in Puerto Rico,
Pleodendron macranthum in Puerto Rico,
Cinnamosma in Madagascar,
The Laurel order (Laurales) includes families:
The "Asparagus-like plants" order (Asparagales) includes families:
Monimiaceae in New Caledonia,
Monimiaceae in Madagascar,
Flore de Guyane,
- The Siparuna family:
Flore de Guyane,
Hernandia in New Caledonia,
Nemuaron vieillardii in New Caledonia,
The Hypoxidales includes families:
- Iridaceae (Iris family):
- Orchidaceae (Orchid family):
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
- Asparagaceae (Asparagus, Yucca, Agave, Dracaena family):
Asparagaceae in New Caledonia,
- Beaucarnea and Nolina:
Beaucarnea recurvata (click on "Photos"),
- Laxmanniaceae (also seen as Lomandroideae, a subfamily of Asparagaceae):
North Queensland Plants,
Flore de Guyane,
Xeronema moorei in New Caledonia,
- Asphodelaceae (Aloe family):
- Hemerocallidaceae (Day Lily family):
The Zingiberales includes families:
North Queensland Plants,
Astelia alpina var. alpina,
The Commelinales includes families:
- Zingiberaceae (Ginger family):
Zingiberaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
Zingiberaceae in Madagascar,
- Costaceae (Spiral Flag family):
Costaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
- Cannaceae (Canna family):
Flore de Guyane,
- Marantaceae (Arrowroot family):
Marantaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
- Musaceae (Banana family):
Musaceae in New Caledonia,
North Queensland Plants,
Heliconiaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
Strelitziaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
Strelitziaceae in Madagascar,
- Lowiaceae (Orchidantha family):
The Arecales includes families:
Commelinaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
Haemodoraceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
- Pontederiaceae (Pondweed family):
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
- Philydraceae (Frogsmouth family):
North Queensland Plants,
The "Grass-like plants" order (Poales) includes families:
- Arecaceae (Palm family):
Palmpedia; Palm Encyclopedia,
Arecaceae in New Caledonia,
Flore de Guyane,
North Queensland Plants,
- Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family):
Flore de Guyane,
Flore de Guyane,
- Xyridaceae (the Yellow-eyed grass family):
Flore de Guyane,
- Eriocaulaceae (the Pipewort family):
Flore de Guyane,
Flore de Guyane,
Flore de Guyane,
- Juncaceae (the Rush family):
- Cyperaceae (the Sedge family):
Flore de Guyane,
Cyperaceae in New Caledonia,
- Poaceae (the Grass family):
Flore de Guyane,
Poaceae in New Caledonia,
- Anarthriaceae (often included as a subfamily in Restionaceae)
Joinvilleaceae in New Caledonia,
Flagellaria neocaledonica in New Caledonia,
Richard Powers and PBS NewsHour:
- Loved 'The Overstory'? Richard Powers recommends 26 other books on trees (2019)
- 'The Overstory' author Richard Powers answers your questions (2019)
Environment and Weather: Documentaries
The Plow That Broke the Plains (Pare Lorentz, 1936) The River
When Weather Changed History: Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (Karl Gustave, 2008)
Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above (Po-lin Chi, 2013) Spectacular mix of aerial photography and environmental ideas.
America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment (Paul Bonesteel, 2015)
Science On a Sphere (2005-present) Spherical, globe-like system for showing animated films on a giant globe.
Developed by Alexander E. MacDonald and NOAA, installed worldwide in museums, zoos and nature centers.
Numerous films and "datasets" have been made for it. See Wikipedia.
PBS NewsHour on the Environment:
PBS NewsHour on Marine Preserves:
- Can a return to Buddhist values offer China a greener path? (2014)
- How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem (2016)
- How plogging turns an ordinary workout into a 'treasure hunt' (2018)
- How U.S. hospitals cleaned up their toxic trash (2019)
Article. Health Care Without Harm.
- Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report (2019)
- In Cambodia, sand mining is big business - but it comes at a price (2019)
PBS NewsHour on India and Air Pollution:
- Obama to make marine preserve largest in the world (2016)
- Ocean's 'Garden of Eden' to house world's largest marine reserve (2016)
PBS NewsHour on Unusual Weather:
- Fighting to breathe in the world's most polluted city (2017)
- India experiences worst air pollution in 3 years (2019)
- What's behind extreme air pollution in India (2019)
- For this photographer, following the storm produces awe-inspiring results (2016)
- Giant ice disk forms in Maine river, enthralling residents (2019)
Science and Scientists: Documentaries
Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (G.W. Bitzer, 1905)
Dazzlingly photographed short film, showing a ride on the newly completed subway.
A highly unusual optical experience, often more like a film abstraction than a representational movie.
The series Westinghouse Works (1904) contains some episodes
with an overhead traveling shot through what was reportedly the world's largest factory.
These include episodes "Panoramic View Aisle B." (my favorite), "Panorama of Machine Co. Aisle",
"Panorama View Street Car Motor Room".
Bitzer's documentaries are among the most important early films.
Impossible Convicts (1905). From Leadville to Aspen (1906) traveling shots from a country train.
H2O (Ralph Steiner, 1929) Mechanical Principles, The City
Auto-Lite on Parade (J. Cullen Landis, 1940) Visually spectacular look at manufacturing machinery,
followed by a delightful animated parade of parts.
Give Us the Earth! (Gunther von Fritsch, 1947) This Is the Bowery
Powers of Ten (Charles and Ray Eames, 1968) Blacktop, The Expanding Airport,
Toccata for Toy Trains, IBM at the Fair, Babbage,
Tops (two films, 1957, 1969), The Black Ships, SX-70, Atlas.
Also book: A Computer Perspective.
Turbo-Encabulator (Bud Haggart, Dave Rondot, 1977) Zany spoof of technical films.
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Martin, 1993) A look at the great inventor and electronic music pioneer.
Making Stuff Wilder (Daniel McCabe, 2013) Innovative robots that imitate nature. (See also section on Climate Change.)
Women in Chemistry: Lessons from Life and the Laboratory (Glenn Holsten, 2013) Fascinating look at eight women chemists.
Gives a broad look at what chemists actually do, in business, universities and government.
Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz (Paul Frederick, Bruce Carlin, 2014) The major inventor.
ForEveryone.Net (Jessica Yu, 2016) Profile of Tim Berners-Lee, idealistic inventor of the World Wide Web.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean, 2017)
PBS NewsHour on Quantum Mechanics:
- Inside the extraordinary nose of a search-and-rescue dog (2016)
- This giant topaz is coming out of hiding (2016)
- You can thank Ohio's tropical sea for your winter road salt (2017)
- Every child in the world can have a microscope. Here's how. (2017)
- Searching for the future of currency, major companies try Bitcoin technology (2017)
- How Pittsburgh is test driving tech to make your commute smarter (2017)
- Animating what's under the microscope (2017)
- The high-tech coating that makes ketchup, toothpaste and glue glide out of the container (2018)
- The brilliant mind of Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr (2018)
- Why recreating ancient artifacts may be the future of archaeology (2019)
Video. Metin Eren: experimental archaeology.
- A brief but spectacular take on how animals and continents are interconnected (2019)
- This super strong concrete could repair aging bridges. Here's what's standing in the way (2020)
PBS NewsHour on Science and Fashion:
- The race to develop quantum technology is getting crowded (2019)
- Sean Carroll: Universe a 'tiny sliver' of all there is (2019)
- This leather substitute is grown in a New Jersey lab (2018)
- Tailoring a sustainable future for fashion (2019)
Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem (George Paul Csicsery, 2008)
In-depth look at major woman mathematician. Shows how mathematicians work.
Making Stuff Faster (Michael Bicks, Vincent Liota, Anna Lee Strachan, 2013)
Vividly explains mathematical algorithms in ways non-mathematicians can understand. Fun and enlightening.
The Great Math Mystery (Daniel McCabe, Richard Reisz, 2015) The long-time debate about whether mathematics
is invented or discovered, explained so that non-mathematicians can understand.
3Blue1Brown Advanced mathematics teaching videos.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts series "Standing Equation" on "Theatre and Math":
- Premiere (2019)
Video. Making an elliptical stage.
- Fun with Pentagons / Pentagon of SWEAT (2019)
3D Printing: Documentaries
PBS NewsHour on 3D Printing:
Short films on 3D Printing:
- Designers try building an eco-friendly house by 3-D printing bricks and tiles (2016)
- How 3D printing is spurring revolutionary advances in manufacturing and design (2018)
- The world's first 3D-printed neighborhood is being built in Mexico for families living on $3 a day (2019)
Information, Libraries, Preserving Knowledge: Documentaries
Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais, 1956) Brilliantly photographed documentary film on France's national library.
The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film (Ann Seidl, 2007) 95-minute documentary film.
Vivid account of the huge variety of things librarians do. Plus Hollywood film clips showing libraries.
When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair (John Gordon Hill, 2012)
The Crowd & The Cloud (Geoff Haines-Stiles, 2017) Web site. This 4-hour film is about "citizen science".
It shows everyday people (who are NOT professional scientists) gathering scientific data and knowledge.
The knowledge is uploaded into computers and shared. The people typically work in collaboration with professional scientists.
Some articles and web sites about Information and Libraries:
- The amazing MSU Library Comic Art Collection.
It is part of Special Collections in the Library at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
They have 250,000 comic books.
They allow anyone who comes to the library to read them (but do not lend them outside the library).
See this article
and another article.
- My lists of Internet
Reference sites and
PBS NewsHour on Mapping Technology, used to share information:
- This new machine can read book pages without cracking the cover (2016)
- How scientists are scrambling to safeguard vital environmental data (2017)
- An exclusive look behind the scenes of the U.S. military's cyber defense (2018)
- How Estonia built a digital first government (2018)
- In Thailand, tracking animal health to prevent outbreaks of human disease (2019)
- With 'Mutual Air,' this California artist leverages the sounds of science (2019)
Video. Rosten Woo: art that tracks air pollution.
PBS NewsHour on Libraries and Archives:
- How maps packed with data help scientists fight malaria (2015)
- Volunteers are helping Puerto Rico from home, with a map anyone can edit (2017)
- How tech is putting the needs of impoverished Kenyans on the map (2018)
- How artificial intelligence spotted every solar panel in the U.S. (2018)
- Here's what it's like to restore 2,000 tapes of Alaskan history (2016)
About the Alaska Film Archives.
- The new librarian of Congress on the value of 'free information' (2016)
- Internet history is fragile. This archive is making sure it doesn't disappear (2017)
About the Internet Archive.
Wikipedia on Internet Archive.
- Library of Congress adds to list of sounds that shaped America (2017)
About the National Recording Registry.
- Hear what's in the newest sonic time capsule from the Library of Congress (2016)
- The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here's why it matters (2017)
- Getting books from the U.S. feeds these students' love of reading (2018)
- Appreciating the 'powerful good' of the public library (2018)
- I dig through archives to unearth hidden stories from African-American history (2018)
- Louis Armstrong archive brings musician's influence into the modern era (2019)
- The artistry behind protecting and repairing photographs (2019)
Video. Art Institute of Chicago.
- When a laundromat becomes a library (2019)
- 'Midwinter' combines music and art at Chicago museum (2019)
- Filmmaker unearths historical treasures in home movies (2019)
The Prelinger Archives of home movies and documentaries.
- This 'Gayborhood Guru' shares LGBTQ history so it will be 'harder to erase' (2019)
Bob Skiba and the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives.
- Lonnie Bunch on how the Smithsonian can help America understand its identity (2019)
- How a lost recording became a Philadelphia soul classic (2020)
Video. Drexel Audio Archives.
Saving Languages: Documentaries
We Are Still Here (Sterlin Harjo, Matt Leach, 2011) Preserving Yuchi, a Native American language.
PBS NewsHour on Saving Languages:
- New York's Mohawk tribe works to restore their culture (2019)
Video. Teaching the Mohawk language.
Decade for Decision (Jay Bonafield, 1957) The urban universities of the USA, and the role they
play in education, technology and the economy. Fascinating and inspiring.
Schools That Change Communities (Bob Gliner, 2013)
PBS NewsHour on the Arts in Education:
PBS NewsHour on Science in Education:
- Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning (2017)
- The failure cycle causing a shortage of black male teachers (2017)
- How one poet is helping Chicago students find their voice through verse (2017)
- This school in India proves music can change lives (2018)
- Kate DiCamillo on the magic of reading aloud (2018)
- This conductor wants you to reject an 'elitist' view of the symphony (2018)
- Can listening to classical music help kids keep calm? (2019)
- At this D.C. jail, a book club offers a safe space (2019)
- In Dallas, how art and culinary skills are helping juvenile offenders stay out of jail (2019)
- How this Kentucky musician and educator gives back (2020)
Video. Jecorey Arthur ("1200").
- This 20-year-old British cellist has sparked a global music phenomenon (2020)
Video. Sheku Kannah-Mason, Marin Alsop.
PBS NewsHour on Seniors and the Arts:
- National parks turn into classrooms to turn a new generation into nature lovers (2016)
- Can students return a billion oysters to a New York harbor? (2017)
- Job training and community college put coal miners on a new path (2017)
- Why the future demands that kids learn to think globally (2018)
- This high school finds success combining college-ready classes with career training (2018)
Article and Videos.
- In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal? (2018)
- How this Thai educational movement empowers rural students (2019)
Video. Mechai Viravaidya.
- A special retirement message for Mr. Moe, a beloved Montana teacher (2019)
PBS NewsHour on Running for Office:
- Why Twyla Tharp wants us to 'shut up' and do what we love (2019)
- Enriching the lives of Nashville seniors, one song at a time (2019)
- How art can help people with Alzheimer's enjoy the moment (2019)
- Affected by budget cuts and testing, dozens of Oklahoma teachers are running for office (2016)
- Scientists consider running for office (2017)
- Filling in this perception gap can help low-income students succeed (2018)
Community College programs.
- When is it necessary for police to shoot a person? (2018)
Video. Police high-tech training.
- Philadelphia reverses course on 'zero tolerance' discipline in schools (2018)
PBS NewsHour on Local Journalism: Decline and Solutions:
PBS NewsHour on Newspapers and Journalism:
- 'We have got an absentee landlord': Denver Post calls out owners for dramatic newsroom cuts (2018)
- Why journalists are needed in state capitals across the country (2019)
- Growing local news deserts endanger democracy, study finds (2019)
Video. Viktorya Vilk.
- Local newsrooms across the country are closing. Here's why that matters (2020)
Chuck Plunkett (News Corps), Charles Sennett (Report for America).
- In the middle of tragedy, Capital Gazette sticks to its mission (2018)
- 4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year (2018)
Time's article: "The Guardians and the War on Truth".
- The extraordinary legacy and unique voice of Jim Lehrer (2020)
- Gwen Ifill honored with Black Heritage Forever stamp (2020)
Propaganda, Lies: Documentaries
PBS NewsHour on Propaganda and Fake News:
- Inside Russia's propaganda machine (2017)
- Viral video raises worry over Sinclair's political messaging inside local news (2018)
- This political insider's thriller novels predicted U.S. election interference (2018)
- How Facebook's news feed can be fooled into spreading misinformation (2018)
- How fallacious explorers influenced world maps for centuries (2018)
- NOAA assailed for defending Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim (2019)
- National Weather Service chief backs forecasters who contradicted Trump (2019)
- Are social media giants doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation? (2019)
Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees (Marshall Flaum, 1965)
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Night of the Squid (1970), Octopus, Octopus (1971),
The Incredible March of the Spiny Lobsters (1976).
Otto, Zoo Gorilla (Dugan Rosalini, 1977)
Life on Earth (David Attenborough, 1979)
Fungi: The Rotten World About Us (Barry Paine, 1980) Remarkable look at fungi and mushrooms,
made for Oxford Scientific Films.
The Nature of Things: Island of the Moon (Rudolf Kovanic, Nancy Archibald, 1981)
Madagascar and its animals,
including giant Lemurs like the Indri.
The Nature of Things: Professor Bonner and the Slime Molds (John Bonner, 1987)
Out in Nature: Homosexual Behavior in the Animal Kingdom (Stéphane
Alexandresco, Bertrand Loyer, Jessica Menendez, 2001)
The Gathering Swarms (John Downer, 2014)
The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida (Eric Bendick, 2015)
Creatures of Light (Chad Cohen, 2016)
Wild Ways (James Brundige, 2016)
The Story of Cats (Anwar Mamon, 2016)
- Finding the Coelacanth | DinoFish (2012)
Video. The remarkable primitive fish.
- Green dragontail butterfly (Lamproptera meges) (Kazuo Unno, 2019)
- Einstein the African Grey Parrot showed off her vocabulary skills with a 200 sounds and words (2017)
- Red-billed Wood Hoopoe (2008)
- Green Wood Hoopoe Sings (2010)
German Public Media dw.com:
- How smart is a Lemur? (2012)
- Exploring the 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' (2014)
- A sanctuary for endangered species in Colombia (2017)
PBS NewsHour on Turtles and Technology:
- In the increasingly damaged sea, one animal is thriving (2016)
- Dutch police use eagles to hunt illegal drones (2016)
- How this remote national park made a mammoth discovery (2017)
- A curious penguin joins scientists for a cold-water cruise (2018)
- Small but mighty miniature horses offer therapy and hope (2019)
- Tiny beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg (2019)
- How to protect the vulnerable eggs of Mexico's sea turtles? Drones. (2015)
- Cracking down on poaching with 3D-printed fake turtle eggs (2018)
The Aurora: Documentaries
These films are about the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) and the Southern Lights (Aurora australis).
Aurora - Fackeln am Firmament / Aurora - Fire in the Sky (Ivo Filatsch, 2012) Look at the Aurora in both nature and folk culture.
Aurora (This "Science On a Sphere" dataset shows the Earth globe, with emerging and disappearing Aurora's
around the North and South Poles. It's a computer simulation.)
Articles with Videos:
PBS NewsHour on the Aurora:
- How a St. Patty's Day solar storm turned on the Northern Lights (2015)
- Timelapse Video: Aurora australis brightens New Zealand sky (2015)
Doroga k Zvezdam / Road to the Stars (Pavel Klushantsev, 1957) Pioneer documentary on space travel.
Deadliest Space Weather: Mars (Gabriel Rotello, 2013)
Deadliest Space Weather: Fastest Winds in the Solar System (Darryl Rehr, 2013)
(About the amazingly strong winds on Neptune.)
Invisible Universe Revealed (Peter Yost, 2015) About the
Chasing Pluto (Terri Randall, 2015) The New Horizons
space probe mission, plus scientific research on
Pluto and the
Death Dive to Saturn (Terri Randall, 2017) On the Cassini mission.
The Farthest (Emer Reynolds, 2017) On the Voyager mission.
BBC: The Documentary Podcast:
- How a global network of telescopes may give us first glimpse of a black hole (2014)
- Listening in on the 'Black Hole Blues,' the soundtrack of the universe (2016)
- NASA hopes InSight will illuminate Mars' unknown core (2018)
- How this spacecraft will sample an asteroid's rocks, without even landing on it (2018)
- Why the latest New Horizons flyby represents a space exploration milestone (2019)
- What China hopes to gain from unprecedented lunar mission (2019)
Video. The Far Side of the Moon.
- NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos (2020)
Article. The Spitzer Space Telescope.
- Hawaii telescope reveals details of the sun's turbulent surface (2020)
Article. Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).
- Hey Sisters, Sew Sisters: The seamstresses who sewed soft goods components for space craft and space suits. (2019)
My Favorite Plays
My list is by someone who loves drama, but who is far from expert on it.
Please also see Michael Billington's 101 Greatest Plays.
Aeschylus: The Oresteia; The Suppliants; Seven Against Thebes; The Persians
Sophocles: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Ajax; Philoctetes
Euripides: Medea; Herakles; The Trojan Women; The Bacchae
Aristophanes: The Birds; The Frogs; Lysistrata; The Clouds; The Wasps
Christopher Marlowe: Tamburlaine the Great; Doctor Faustus; Edward II
William Shakespeare: Hamlet; King Lear; Othello; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer's Night's Dream;
As You Like It; Twelfth Night; Much Ado About Nothing; Measure for Measure; Two Gentlemen of Verona;
Love's Labour's Lost; Richard II; Richard III; Henry IV; Henry V; Julius Caesar; The Tempest
Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedy
Thomas Dekker: The Shoemaker's Holiday
Thomas Campion: Masques
Ben Jonson: Volpone
George Chapman: Bussy D'Ambois
John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
Lope de Vega: Fuenteovejuna
Pedro Calderon de la Barca: Life Is a Dream
John Milton: Comus; Samson Agonistes
Drama: 18th Century
Pierre de Beaumarchais: The Barber of Seville; The Marriage of Figaro
Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Rivals; The School for Scandal
Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Egmont
Drama: 19th Century
John Keats: Otho the Great
Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Cenci; Prometheus Unbound
Nikolai Gogol: The Inspector General
Tom Taylor: The Ticket-of-Leave Man
Dion Boucicault: London Assurance
W.S. Gilbert: Trial by Jury; H.M.S. Pinafore; The Pirates of Penzance; The Mikado; The Gondoliers
Henrik Ibsen: An Enemy of the People; A Doll's House
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard; Uncle Vanya; Ivanov
Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband; Lady Windermere's Fan; The Importance of Being Earnest
Edmond Rostand: Cyrano de Bergerac
World Drama: 1900-1970
August Strindberg: Miss Julie, The Ghost Sonata
Rabindranath Tagore: The Post Office
Maurice Maeterlinck: The Blue Bird
Lady Gregory: Spreading the News
John Millington Synge: Riders to the Sea
Lord Dunsany: The Glittering Gate
George Bernard Shaw: Arms and the Man; Major Barbara; Pygmalion; Saint Joan; The Millionairess
John Galsworthy: Escape
A.A. Milne: The Romantic Age
Karel Capek: R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots
Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Berthold Brecht: Galileo; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Mother Courage and Her Children
Noël Coward: Hay Fever; The Vortex; Present Laughter; Relative Values; Nude with Violin;
Tonight at 8.30: Family Album, Ways and Means, Shadow Play
Terence Rattigan: The Browning Version; The Winslow Boy; Separate Tables
Christopher Fry: The Lady's Not for Burning
Robert Bolt: A Man for All Seasons
Samuel Beckett: Waiting For Godot; All That Fall; Happy Days; Breath
Eugene Ionescu: The Bald Soprano
Albert Camus: Caligula
Jean Anouilh: Antigone
Shelagh Delaney: A Taste of Honey; Charlie Bubbles
John Osborne: Luther
Crime and Mystery Plays
Agatha Christie: The Hollow; Witness for the Prosecution; Go Back for Murder
George M. Cohan: Seven Keys to Baldpate
Roi Cooper Megrue: Under Cover
Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Hopwood: The Bat
John Willard: The Cat and the Canary
Philip Dunning & George Abbott: Broadway
John Dickson Carr: Thirteen to the Gallows; Intruding Shadow; many mystery-story radio-plays
(See my John Dickson Carr article for list.)
Ellery Queen: many mystery-story radio-plays
(See my Ellery Queen article for list.)
Anthony Boucher: many mystery-story radio-plays
(See my Anthony Boucher article for list.)
Nicholas Blake: 'Calling James Braithwaite'
American Drama: 1900-1970
Edgar Lee Masters: Spoon River Anthology
Susan Glaspell: Trifles
Edna St Vincent Millay: Aria da Capo
Robert Frost: The Death of the Hired Man; The Witch of Coos
Zona Gale: Miss Lulu Bett
Eugene O'Neill: Anna Christie; Moon of the Caribbees
Elmer Rice: On Trial; Street Scene; Dream Girl
George Kelly: The Flattering Word
S. N. Behrman: The Second Man
Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings: What Price Glory
Maxwell Anderson: The Star Wagon
Sidney Howard & Paul de Kruif: Yellow Jack
George S. Kaufman & Marc Connelly: Beggar on Horseback
George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart: Once in a Lifetime, You Can't Take it With You; The Man Who Came to Dinner
Frank Sullivan: Captain's Dinner; Les Amis D'Automat
Philip Barry: The Philadelphia Story
Joseph Kesselring: Arsenic and Old Lace
Thornton Wilder: The Long Christmas Dinner; The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden;
Our Town; The Skin of Our Teeth; The Unerring Instinct
Archibald MacLeish: The Fall of the City
John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
James Gow & Arnaud d'Usseau: Tomorrow, the World!
Arthur Laurents: Home of the Brave
Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie; Summer and Smoke; Suddenly Last Summer; Period of Adjustment; Boom!
William Inge: Come Back, Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop
T. S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral; The Family Reunion; The Cocktail Party
Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee: Inherit the Wind
Lorraine Hansberry: A Raisin in the Sun
Saul Levitt: The Andersonville Trial
Gore Vidal: The Best Man
Kenneth Koch: E. Kology
Edward Albee: Tiny Alice; The Zoo Story; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Herb Gardner: A Thousand Clowns
Contemporary Drama: 1970 - Present
John Guare: Marco Polo Sings a Solo
Martin Sherman: Bent
Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home
Robert Patrick: Untold Decades
Larry Kramer: The Normal Heart
Jonathan C. Levine: Unpublished Letters
Craig Lucas: Prelude to a Kiss; Longtime Companion; The Dying Gaul
My Favorite Poems
My favorites from "Twentieth-Century American Poetry" (2003) edited by Dana Gioia, David Mason, Meg Schoerke.
Additional recommended poems by the same writers, not included in the anthology, are listed below a *.
Another informative anthology: "American Poetry: The Twentieth Century" in two volumes, compiled by
Robert Hass, John Hollander, Carolyn Kizer, Nathaniel Mackey and Marjorie Perloff.
REALISM AND NATURALISM
Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
Edwin Markham (1852-1940)
- Black riders came from the sea
- In the desert
- I stood upon a high place
- I saw a man pursuing the horizon
- I met a seer
- On the horizon the peaks assembled
- I walked in a desert
- A man feared that he might find an assassin
- Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind
- The wayfarer
- A man said to the universe
- A Youth in apparel that glittered
- A God in wrath
- Behold, the grave of a wicked man
- Tradition thou art for suckling children
- Ay, workman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)
- The Man with the Hoe
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
- Miniver Cheevy
- Mr. Flood's Party
- The Sheaves
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
- O Black and Unknown Bards
- The Creation
- Lift Every Voice and Sing
- To America
- The White Witch
- Sunset in the Tropics
- Mother Night
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
- We Wear the Mask
- The Poet
- Robert Gould Shaw
Sara Cleghorn (1876-1959)
- Storm Fear
- The Tuft of Flowers
- After Apple-Picking
- The Death of the Hired Man
- Mending Wall
- The Wood-Pile
- The Road Not Taken
- Fire and Ice
- The Need of Being Versed in Country Things
- Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
- Acquainted With the Night
- Once by the Pacific
- Neither Out Far Nor in Deep
- The Investment
- The Silken Tent
- All Revelation
- A Cabin in the Clearing
- One More Brevity
- Questioning Faces
- Never Agin Would Birds' Song Be the Same
John Allan Wyeth Jr. (1894-1980)
- The Golf Links
- The Survival of the Fittest
EARLY MODERNISM: FROM IMAGISM TO HIGH MODERNISM
- The Train from Brest
- Corbie to Sailly-Le-Sec
- War in Heaven
Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
Yone Noguchi (1875-1947)
- A Decade
- A Lover
- The Pond
- A Lady
- Thompson's Lunch Room - Grand Central Station
- Vernal Equinox
- Bright Sunlight
- New Heavens for Old
- A Gift
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
- I Hear You Call, Pine Tree
- from Japanese Hokkus
Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)
- Prayers of Steel
- Leather Leggings
- Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard
- Sunset from Omaha Hotel Window
- Adelaide Crapsey
- Portrait of a Motor Car
- A Father Sees a Son Nearing Manhood
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
- General William Booth Enters into Heaven
- Factory Windows Are Always Broken
- The Voyage
- The Moon Is a Mirror
- The Unpardonable Sin
- The Eagle That Is Forgotten
- Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress
- The Daniel Jazz
- Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Marianne Moore (1887-1972)
- Dedication for a Plot of Ground
- The Great Figure
- Spring and All / By the road to the contagious hospital
- The Red Wheelbarrow
- This is Just to Say
- Flowers by the Sea
- To a Poor Old Woman
- January Morning
- The Sea-Elephant
- Between Walls
- On Gay Wallpaper
- The Rose
- Spring Storm
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
- The Fish
- An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish
- What Are Years?
- In Distrust of Merits
- The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing
Witter Bynner (1881-1968)
- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
- The Hollow Men
- Murder in the Cathedral
THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
- Opus 104 (Emanuel Morgan)
- Opus 40 (Emanuel Morgan)
- Opus 15 (Emanuel Morgan)
- Opus 17 (Emanuel Morgan)
- All tempest
- But for these apertures
Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958)
Claude McKay (1889-1948)
- The Black Finger
- A Mona Lisa
- A Winter Twilight
Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981)
- The Lynching
- The Tropics in New York
- I Know My Soul
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
- To a Dark Girl
- Street Lamps in Early Spring
- Train Monotony
- Untitled [I will love you always]
- Sonnet 1
Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
- The Negro Speaks of Rivers
- I, Too
- Dream Variations
- Mother to Son
- Madam's Past History
- Harlem [Dream Deferred]
- Theme for English B
- Dinner Guest: Me
- April Rain Song
- Troubled Island: I Dream a World
- Short story: "One Friday Morning"
MODERNIST ALTERNATIVES: ROMANTICS AND NEO-CLASSICISTS
- For a Lady I Know
- Yet Do I Marvel
- From the Dark Tower
- Simon the Cyrenian Speaks
- For My Grandmother
Conrad Aiken (1889-1978)
John Peale Bishop (1892-1944)
- from Senlin: A Biography: Morning Song of Senlin
- from Priapus and the Pool
- And in the Human Heart: Green, green, and green again
- Hatteras Calling
Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
- Perspectives are Precipices
- Sleep brought me vision
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
- Ars Poetica
- You, Andrew Marvell
- The Fall of the City
- The Genius
- Reasons for Music
- Aeterna Poetae Memoria
- The Rock in the Sea
Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966)
- First Fig
- Love Is Not All
- Aria da Capo
- Euclid Alone
- Conscientious Objector
- I will put Chaos into fourteen lines
- Dark Symphony
- Rendezvous with America
- E. & O. E.
- Libretto for the Republic of Liberia
- The Shipwright
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
J. V. Cunningham (1911-1985)
- Root Cellar
- Once More, The Round
Robert Hayden (1913-1980)
- In the Thirtieth Year
- Meditation on Statistical Method
Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)
- Frederick Douglass
- Middle Passage
- Monet's Waterlilies
- Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday
Dudley Randall (1914-2000)
- To Be a Jew in the Twentieth Century
- The Poem as Mask
William Stafford (1914-1993)
- Ballad of Birmingham
- Booker T. and W. E. B.
- A Different Image
John Ciardi (1916-1986)
- At the Un-National Monument along the Canadian Border
- Once in the 40s
Thomas McGrath (1916-1990)
- Most Like an Arch This Marriage
- Bees and Morning Glories
- The Catalpa
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
- Jig Tune: Not for Love
- Ars Poetica: or: Who Lives in the Ivory Tower?
May Swenson (1919-1989)
- We Real Cool
- Langston Hughes
- When You Have Forgotten Sunday: The Love Story
OPEN FORM: OBJECTIVISTS, BEATS, BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS
- Bison Crossing Near Mt. Rushmore
Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982)
Charles Olson (1910-1970)
Robert Duncan (1919-1988)
- Maximus, to himself
- La Chute
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)
- The Temple of the Animals
- Poetry, a Natural Thing
- This Place Rumored to Have Been Sodom
- The Torso (Passages 18)
- Bending the Bow
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
- In Goya's Greatest Scenes
- I Am Waiting
- Constantly Risking Absurdity
POST-WAR FORMALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS: FROM FORMALISM TO FEMINISM AND THE CONFESSIONAL MODE
- Wichita Vortex Sutra
Howard Nemerov (1920-1991)
Carolyn Kizer (1925-2014)
James Merrill (1926-1995)
- Because You Asked about the Line between Prose and Poetry
- The Makers
AMERICAN INTERNATIONALISM: SURREALISM, DEEP IMAGE, AND NEW YORK SCHOOL
- The Broken Home
- The Mad Scene
- Alessio and the Zinnias
- An Urban Convalescence
- Lost in Translation
- The Victor Dog
- Self-Portrait in Tyvek (TM) Windbreaker
Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)
RETURN TO REALISM: REGIONALISM AND CULTURAL IDENTITY
- Poem ("The eager note on my door said 'call me'")
- The Day Lady Died
- Autobiographia Literaria
- A Step Away from Them
- Poem ("Lana Turner has collapsed!")
N. Scott Momaday (1934-)
Fred Chappell (1936-)
- Carriers of the Dream Wheel
- The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee
Yusef Komonyakaa (1947-)
Rita Dove (1952-)
Naomi Shihab Nye (1952-)
- Adolescence - I
- Adolescence - II
- Adolescence - III
David Mason (1954-)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (1954-)
- The Traveling Onion
Cathy Song (1955-)
- To the Desert
Jacqueline Osherow (1956-)
- Beauty and Sadness
- Stamp Collecting
- Song for the Music in the Warsaw Ghetto
- Ghazal: Comet
Harriet Monroe (1860-1936)
Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
W.C. Handy (1873-1958)
- The Song of the Smoke
- A Litany at Atlanta
Anna Hempstead Branch (1875-1937)
- St. Louis Blues
- Beale Street Blues
Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937)
- The Monk in the Kitchen
- In the Beginning Was the Word
- from Sonnets From a Lockbox
May Sarton (1912-1995)
Kenneth Koch (1925-2002)
- The Ancient Track
- Harbor Whistles
Emmett Williams (1925-2007)
Philip Lamantia (1927-2005)
- Ko, or a Season on Earth
- E. Kology
Kenneth Gangemi (1937-)
- Touch of the Marvelous
- The Comics
- Summer Farm
- Arctic Warm-Up
- National Parks
Rita Dove: "The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry"
June Jordan (1936-)
James Welch (1940-)
Tess Gallagher (1943-)
Marilyn Nelson (1946-)
Leslie Marmon Silko (1948-)
- Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
Jane Miller (1949-)
Paul Muldoon (1951-)
- In Cold Storm Light
- Love Poem (Rain smell comes with the wind)
Lorna Dee Cervantes (1954-)
Cornelius Eady (1954-)
- Meeting the British
- Jack Johnson Does the Eagle Rock
- Crows in a Strong Wind
Bob Dylan (1941-)
Paul Simon (1941-)
Don McLean (1945-)
Joy Harjo (1951-)
- Blowin' In The Wind
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- The Times They Are a-Changin'
Mark Irwin (1953-)
- Perhaps the World Ends Here
Essex Hemphill (1957-1995)
- Poem Beginning with a Line by Milosz
Colette Bryce (1970-)
- A Walk Along the Old Tracks
Ross Gay (1974-)
- Turbines in January
- Car Wash
Maxwell Lukas Mijnlieff Gay
- Becoming a Horse
- To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian
Thomas Alan Orr
Franny Choi (1989-)
- Lovesong of a Desolate Kingdom
- Introduction to Quantum Theory
Classical "gems". Just a small sample of the vast world of classical music.
Please see also this article's sections on Dance Films and Opera.
And my article Thoughts on Classical Composers.
If you are classical music beginner, anything called an "overture" is a friendly place to start.
This list differs from from some popular approaches to classical music:
- It emphasizes liveliness and exuberance, rather than soothing, quiet, background sounds.
- It features all periods of classical music, rather than just the Romantic music of the later 19th Century.
- It contains lots of vocal music, not just instrumental.
- Why we should think differently about classical music (2019)
- This conductor wants you to reject an 'elitist' view of the symphony (2018)
Raimbaut de Vaqueiras
- Kalenda Maya (The first of May / May Day)
- O rosa bella (O beautiful rose) (this might be by John Bedyngham)
- Veni Sancte Spiritus/Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit/Come Creator Spirit)
- Gloria ad modum tubae / Gloria in the Manner of a Trumpet
Video (first track) and
- Missa L'Homme armé (The Armed Man)
- Se la face ay pale (If my face is pale) (song)
Video (go to 2:39).
- Missa Se la face ay pale (If my face is pale): Gloria (Mass, music based on song)
- Missa Ave regina caelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven): Kyrie
- Missa Ave regina caelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven): Credo
Video. (Go to 21:06)
- Nuper rosarum flores ("Recently Flowers of Roses/The Rose Blossoms Recently")
- Salve flos Tuscae gentis (Hail Florence, flower of Tuscany, we salute you)
- Missa Mi-mi: Kyrie
- Missa Mi-mi: Gloria
- Missa Mi-mi: Angus Dei
- Missa Ma maistresse (My Mistress)
- Missa Ecce ancilla domini (Behold the Handmaiden of the Lord): Credo
- Missa De Plus en Plus (More and More): Gloria
- Missa De Plus en Plus (More and More): Angus Dei
- Credo: sine nomine (without a name)
- Missa Au Travail Suis
- Déploration sur la mort de Binchois (Lament for the Death of Binchois)
- Intemerata Dei Mater (Unblemished Mother of God)
Josquin Des Prez
- Missa Sine Nomine (Mass without a name): Kyrie
- Missa Sine Nomine (Mass without a name): Gloria
- Missa Sine Nomine (Mass without a name): Credo
- Missa Sine Nomine (Mass without a name): Sanctus
Pierre de la Rue
- Missa l'Homme Armé Sexti Toni (The Armed Man, Sixth Tone): Gloria
- Missa l'Homme Armé Sexti Toni (The Armed Man, Sixth Tone): Angus Dei
- Missa Pange lingua (Sing, my tounge): Credo
- Missa l'Homme Armé (The Armed Man): Kyrie
- Missa l'Homme Armé (The Armed Man): Credo
- Autant en emporte le vent
- Absalon fili mi (Absalom my son)
- Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes (Praise the Lord, all people)
- Salve Regina a6
- Missa L'Homme armé (The Armed Man): Kyrie
- Missa L'Homme armé (The Armed Man): Gloria
- Missa de Sancto Donatiano (Mass of Saint Donatien): Kyrie
- Missa de Sancto Donatiano (Mass of Saint Donatien)
Video. (Opening to 41:45 minutes)
- Missa Sub Tuum Praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection): Kyrie
- Missa Sub Tuum Praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection): Gloria
- Missa Sub Tuum Praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection): Credo
- Missa de beata Virgine (Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary): Gloria
- Lamentations of Jeremiah: Heth, Caph
- Stabat Mater (The Mother Was Standing)
- O Maria Salvatoris Mater (O Mary, Mother of the Savior)
- Stabat iuxta (Standing close by)
Video (41:45 to 56 minutes).
- Stabat Mater (The Mother Was Standing)
- In honore summe matris
- Missa Spes nostra (Our Hope): Credo
- Missa 'Videte Miraculum' (Behold the miracle): Gloria
Video. (First track.)
- Missa "Benedicta Et Venerabilis" (Blessed and venerable): Credo
- Missa "Missa Inclina cor meum" (Incline my heart): Sanctus
- Missa "Ave Maria": Gloria
- Missa "Ave Maria": Credo
- Missa "Ave Maria": Angus Dei
- Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas (Glory to You, O Trinity)
- Missa Corona spinea (Crown of Thorns): Gloria
- Dum Transisset Sabbatum (II) (And when the Sabbath was past)
- Gaude Gloriosa Dei Mater (Rejoice, Glorious Mother of God)
- Spem In Alium
- Ave Dei Patris Filia
- Missa Cantate: Credo
Giaches de Wert
- Benedicta es caelorum regina (Blessed Are You, Queen of Heaven)
- Or si rallegri il cielo (Now let the heavens rejoice)
- Gaudete in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord always)
- In qual parte si ratto
Jacobus Clemens non Papa
- Il bianco e dolce cigno (The white and gentle swan) (1539)
Cipriano de Rore
- Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis (Shepherds, what have you seen?): Gloria
- Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Credo
- Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Sanctus & Benedictus
- Fremuit spiritu Jesus (Jesus was troubled in spirit)
- Magi veniunt ab oriente (The wise men came from the East)
- O Magnum Mysterium (O great mystery)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
- Descendi in hortum meum (I went down into my garden)
- Ave Regina Caelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven)
- Missa Praeter rerum seriem: Gloria
- Candido e vago fiore
- L'alto signor (The lord on high)
Orlando di Lasso
- Magnificat Primi Toni
- Regina caeli (Queen of Heaven)
- Assumpta est Maria (Mary is taken up to Heaven)
- Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit)
- Accepit Jesus calicem (Jesus took the cup after they had eaten)
- Missa Susanne un jour (Susanne one day)
- Quam bonus Israel Deus (How Good is God to Israel)
- Quid trepidas (Why do you tremble?)
Cristobal de Morales
- Regina caeli (Queen of Heaven)
Tomás Luis de Victoria
- Missa Mille Regretz: Credo
- Missa Ascendens Christus in altum (Christ Ascends on High)
- Vere Languores (Truly He Himself bore our griefs)
- Salve Regina
Filipe de Magalhães
- Missa Maria Magdalene
Video (first 32 minutes).
Diogo Dias Melgáz
- Vidi Aquam (I saw water)
- La bomba (The Pump)
- De los álamos vengo, madre (I come from the poplar trees, Mother)
- Contrapunto bestial
- As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending (1601)
- Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above
- The Nightingale
- Hosanna to the Son of David
- O clap your hands (Psalm 47)
- Now, O Now
- All people that on earth do dwell (Psalm 100)
- Tell me, true love
- Fine knacks for ladies
- Say Love if Ever Thou Didst Find
- Now is the month of Maying
- Fire! Fire!
Claudin de Sermisy
- Le chant des oiseaux (The song of the birds)
- Missa La Bataille (The Battle): Credo
- Solo e pensoso i piú deserti campi (Alone and thoughtful, the emptiest fields)
- Madrigal "Zefiro Torna" (1632)
- "L'Orfeo" (Orpheus): excerpt
- Intenerite voi, lagrime mie
- Al partir del mio sole
- Angelus Ad Pastores Ait
- Hodie completi sunt (Today the days of Pentecost are fulfilled)
- Publions en tous lieux (Publish in all places)
- Marche du Régiment du Roy (March of the King's Regiment)
- Le Triomphe de l'Amour: Entrée d'Apollon (The Triumph of Love: Entrance of Apollo)
- Interlude for Molière's "Le Mariage forcé"
- Passacaglia in D minor (for 2 Harpsichords)
- Les Barricades mystérieuses (The Mysterious Barricades)
Johann Sebastian Bach
- Concerto in D Major RV 212 "St. Antonio": Finale
- Concerto for 2 Trumpets
- Gloria: Opening
- Laetatus sum
- "Il Tigrane": "Fara la mia spada"
- "Giustino": "Sento in seno"
- "Giustino": "Vedro con mio diletto"
- "Catone in Utica": "Apri le luci, e mira"
George Frideric Handel
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
- "Concerto for Four Harpsichords" after Vivaldi
- Little Fugue in G Minor
- Chaconne from Partita No. 2
- Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue
- The Musical Offering
- The Art of Fugue: (Complete)
- The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus VIII
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
- "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" (Sing to the Lord a new song)
- Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest)
- Mass in B minor: Dona nobis pacem
- "Dopo la notte oscura" / "After the darkness of night" from "Rodelinda"
- "Dopo notte" from "Ariodante"
- "Da tempeste" from "Julius Caesar"
- Air and Variations (The Harmonious Blacksmith)
- Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
Video (first 6 minutes)
- Ode for St Cecilia's Day: Finale
Video (go to 1:15).
- "Ombra mai fu" from "Serse"
- "A dispetto d'un volto ingrato" (despised by an ungrateful soul) from "Tamerlano"
- "Up the dreadful steep ascending" from "Jephtha"
- Music for the Royal Fireworks
- Hallelujah Chorus
- "Comfort ye and Ev'ry valley" from "Messiah"
- "Behold, I tell you a mystery...The trumpet shall sound" from "Messiah"
- Organ Concerto Op 7 No 1
- Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5
- Rondeau from his opera "Les Indes galantes"
- Gavotte and 6 variations ("doubles")
- L'Egyptienne (The Egyptian Woman)
- Dardanus: Suite (first 8 minutes)
- "Artaserse": "Vo solcando un mar crudele"
- "Non fidi al mar che freme" from "Scipione nelle Spagne"
Johann Adolf Hasse
- La Marche des Scythes / Scythian March (1746)
- "Mea tormenta, properate!"
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
- "Merope": "Chi non sente"
- Stabat Mater (The Mother Was Standing): Opening
Christoph Willibald Gluck
- "Che farò senza Euridice?" ("What will I do without Euridice?") from "Orpheus and Eurydice"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Symphony No. 68
- Symphony No. 73 "La Chasse" (The Hunt) part 4
- Symphony No. 83 "La Poule" (The Hen)
- Symphony No. 86
- Symphony No. 91
- Symphonies No. 93 - 104. The "London" Symphonies
- Sonata in D, # 30
- Sonata in B minor, # 32
- String Quartet Op. 33, No. 3 "The Bird"
- String Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 "Quinten" ("Fifths")
- Trio No. 39: Gypsy Rondo
- Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass): Gloria
- Heiligmesse: Gloria
Ludwig van Beethoven
- Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"
- "Non piu andrai" from "The Marriage of Figaro"
- "Hai gia vinta la causa?" from "The Marriage of Figaro"
- Duet "Là ci darem la mano" from "Don Giovanni"
- Duet "Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen" from "The Magic Flute"
- Opera overtures
- Symphony No. 39
- Symphony No. 40 (First Movement)
- Exsultate Jubilate
- Oboe Quartet
- Serenade #3 in D major, K. 185 "Antretter"
- Serenade #7 in D major, K. 250 "Haffner"
- Overture "The Consecration of the House"
- Leonore Overture No. 3
- Symphony No. 5
- Symphony No. 5: First movement
- Ode to Joy
- Missa Solemnis: Gloria
- "King Stephen" Overture
- String Quartet No. 9
- String Quartet No. 3
- String Quartet No. 2
- String Quartet No. 11 "Serioso"
- Grosse Fuge: piano version
- 15 Variations and Fugue op.35 "Eroica"
- 32 Variations in C Minor
- Piano sonata No. 18
- Piano sonata No. 21 "Waldstein"
- String Trio Op.9 No.3 in C minor
- Fugue for string quintet in D major
- See also the giant website Unheard Beethoven:
- Original Introduction to "Choral Fantasy"
- Prelude and Fugue in C, Hess 31
- Triple Fugue in D Minor, Hess 244 nr.1
- Freudvoll und Leidvoll (Joyful and sorrowful), from Egmont, Hess 93
- String Quintet Movement in D Minor, Hess 40
- String Quintet in C: Fragments, Hess 41
- "Nel cor piu non mi sento" from "La Molinara"
- "Largo al factotum": "The Barber of Seville"
- "Tanti affetti": finale of La Donna del lago / The Lady of the Lake (1819)
- "Le Cenerentola" (Cinderella): aria "Like a bee on an April day"
- "Le Cenerentola" (Cinderella): Act 1 Finale
- Overture to "William Tell"
- Overture to La gazza ladra / The Thieving Magpie (1817)
- Overture to "L'italiana in Algeri" (The Italian Woman in Algeria)
- 8 Overtures
- Tarantelle pur sang (Thoroughbred Tarantella)
- Wanderer Fantasy: Herbert Schuch
- An die Musik: Andrew Garland
- Marche Militaire
- Arpeggione Sonata
- Symphony No. 5
- Symphony No. 8, the Unfinished Symphony
- "Trout" Quintet: 4th Movement
- String Quartet "Rosamunde"
- Piano Sonatas D.958, 959, 960 (the last three sonatas)
- Four Impromptus, D 899
Carl Maria von Weber
- Overture to "Oberon"
- Invitation to the Dance (original piano version)
- Invitation to the Dance (as ballet "The Spectre of the Rose")
- String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1: Finale
- Symphony No. 4 "Italian": First Movement
- String Quartet No.3 and String Quartet No.6
- "A Midsummer Night's Dream": Overture
- Cello Sonata in B Flat Major: First Movement
- A Life for the Tsar: Finale
- Overture to "Russlan and Ludmilla"
Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold
- Sextet (song for six voices) from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor"
- Overture to the opera "Zampa" (1831)
- Overture to "Mignon"
- Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
- "Orpheus in the Underworld" Overture
Gilbert & Sullivan
- "Die Fledermaus" Overture
- "Die Fledermaus": Adele's Laughing Song
- The Blue Danube
- Voices of Spring Waltz
- The Mikado: Act 1 finale
- The Mikado: Here's A How De Do
- The Mikado: There Is Beauty In The Bellow Of The Blast
- The Mikado: Act 2 finale
- The Yeomen of the Guard: "I have a song to sing, O!"
- HMS Pinafore: Act 1 Finale
- HMS Pinafore: Overture
- HMS Pinafore: He Is an Englishman
- The Pirates of Penzance: I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
- Duet from "The Pearl Fishers"
- Carmen: March of the Toreadors
- Waltz from "Faust"
- "Great Gate of Kiev" from "Pictures at an Exhibition"
- Coronation scene from opera "Boris Godunov" (1874) - a concert version
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Rigoletto: quartet
- "La Traviata": Coro di zingarelle e mattadori
- "La Traviata": Drinking Song
- La forza del destino (The force of destiny): Overture
- Waltz from "Eugene Onegin"
- Choral version of Entr'acte and Waltz from "Eugene Onegin"
- Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin"
- Capriccio espagnol
- Flight of the Bumblebee (theme song for the Green Hornet!)
- Russian Easter Festival Overture
- "Le coq d'or" (The Golden Cockerel): Introduction and Wedding Procession
- "Prince Igor": Overture
- "Prince Igor": Polovtsian Dances
- In the Steppes of Central Asia
- Symphony No. 3 "Organ": Finale
- Danse macabre
- Scottish Fantasy: Finale
Video (go to 22:26).
- Violin Sonata No. 1 "The Rain Sonata"
- Academic Festival Overture
- Serenade No. 2: Finale (whole Serenade is pleasant!)
Video (go to 21:43).
- Double Concerto (Concerto for Violin and Cello)
- Variations on a Theme by Haydn
- String Quintet No. 3
- Piano Quintet No. 2
- String Quartet No. 12 "American": First Movement
- String Quartet No. 12 "American": Finale
- String Quintet No. 2, Op 77
- Symphony No. 6
- Symphony No. 7
- Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"
- Arabesque No.1, Op 61
- Toccata, Op.39
- L'Apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
20th Century Music
- La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
- L'isle joyeuse (The Joyful Island)
- Estampes (Prints)
- First Rhapsody, for Clarinet and Orchestra
- Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone
- La Mer (The Sea)
- String Quartet
- Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Sir Charles Hubert Parry
- D'un matin de printemps
Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Symphony No 5 in B minor, Symphonic Fantasia
- Symphonic Variations
- "Whither Must I Wander" from "Songs of Travel"
- "The Roadside Fire" from "Songs of Travel"
- Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
- Scherzo, from an unfinished symphony
- St Paul's Suite
- The March of the Women
- The Wreckers: "On the Cliffs of Cornwall" - Act II Prelude
- Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
- Prelude and Fugue Opus 81
- Quartet for Strings (in One Movement), Opus 89
- Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting"
- Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60": III. The Alcotts
- The Alcotts (arranged for winds orchestra)
- Three Places in New England
- Piano Sonata No. 1: Movement 1.
- Piano Sonata No. 1: Movement 4.
- Variations on "America"
- String Quartet No. 4
- String Quartet No. 5
- String Quartet No. 6
- The Miraculous Mandarin: Suite
- Viola Concerto
- Piano Concerto
- Variations for Orchestra
- Chamber Symphony No. 1
- Chamber Symphony No. 2
- Die Jakobsleiter (Jacob's Ladder)
- Herzgewächse (Plants of the Heart / Foliage of the Heart)
- Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte
- Psalm 130
- Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth)
- Wind Quintet
- Suite for Piano
- 6 Little Piano Pieces
William Grant Still
- Le Microphone Bien Tempéré: Fantasia
Florence B. Price
- Symphony No. 1 "Afro-American"
- Piano Concerto in One Movement (1934)
- Symphony No. 1 in E minor
- Symphony No. 3: 1st Movement
- Le boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof)
- Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet
- Three pictures for orchestra
Peggy Glanville- Hicks
- Chant de Linos for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp
- "Three Gymnopedies" for orchestra
- Symphony No. 2 (1932)
- Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter)
- Concerto for Orchestra op. 38
- String Quartet No. 2
- Sonata for Harp
- Big Ben (Variation Fantasy on the Westminster Chimes)
- Geographical Fugue
- Ballet Mécanique (Mechanical Ballet) (Revised Version)
- Symphony No. 5 "Joyous"
- Nocturne in Skyrockets
- 2 Toccatas for the Piano
- Five Episodes For Orchestra
- Violin Concerto, Op 17
- The Great Wall of China
- Waltz, from "Masquerade"
- Rhapsody in Blue
- I'll build a stairway to paradise
- Variations on "I Got Rhythm"
- "I Got Rhythm": piano version, played by Gershwin
- Appalachian Spring: Simple Gifts
- Rodeo: opening scene danced
- Music for the film "The Naked City" (1948)
Undine Smith Moore
- Overture to "Candide"
- On the Town: Ballet Music
- On the Town: New York, New York
- On the Town: Lucky To Be Me
- Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah": First Movement
- Wonderful Town: Swing!
- Wonderful Town: Wrong Note Rag
- Wonderful Town: Overture
- Fancy Free
- Before I'd Be a Slave
- Afro-American Suite: Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Lord
Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran
- Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra No. 1
- Konzertstück für orchester (Concert piece for orchestra), No 2, Op 103 (1994)
21st Century Music
Please see also this article's section on Opera.
- Refrigerator, 1957
- "The Night Fight" from song cycle "Battle Pieces", poems by Herman Melville
- The Passing of the Year: Ring out wild bells
Sarah Kirkland Snider
- Miroir d'ombres (Mirror of Shadows), Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra
- Sinfonia No. 1
- Sinfonia No. 2, Gran Passacaglia