Dec 30, 2010

Who's Singing Over There? (1981)

In the few years before his death in 1993, the late, great "Globe and Mail" film critic Jay Scott also lent his talents to the television medium for TVOntario's "Film International", which would show some unsung foreign films every Friday night. Before this show became a weekly entity in 1990, "Film International" simply existed as an annual six-week mini-series shown on Wednesday nights in the late 1980's. No doubt this venture exposed international cinema to a lot of people in southern Ontario who would not normally have access to it.

Even more, "Film International" offered immeasurable insight into foreign film which still remains elusive-- even to those in the big city. One of the true joys of the six-week seasons was the broadcast of the superb Yugoslavian film, Who's Singing Over There? (1981). Many consider this to be the finest film made in that country. North American cinephiles mostly associate the nation's cinema with the works of Emir Kusturica (Underground) or Dusan Makavejev (WR: Mysteries of the Organism)- not exactly inaccurate mind you, but I am told by a Yugoslavian native that this picture was a phenomenon in its own land. It is a crime that this gem is not commercially available (save, perhaps, from those dealing in imported DVDs). I am happy that I still kept my off-air VHS copy from "Film International" in 1988.

For his maiden effort, director Slobodan Sijan was inspired by, of all things, Roger Corman biker movies and Russ Meyer's southern-fried sexploitation films. In truth, this film seems to be crafted by someone immersed in Luis Bunuel. This funny, surreal, bawdy, harsh, violent road movie has a lot of trademarks of that director's work, yet transposed to an Eastern European milieu. However, the emphasis is less on religion than politics.

The film opens on April 5, 1941- one day before the Nazis would bomb Belgrade. As fate would have it, the story concerns a busload of eclectic characters who are travelling to that city. The old bus owner and his klutzy son (who does most of the driving-- sometimes even blindfolded) are joined by a fancy dan singer, a hunter (whose gun always fires at the least appropriate times), a retired Army veteran, a salesman, a newlywed couple, a TB sufferer, and two gypsy musicians.

Four times in the film, the musicians break from the story to sing to the camera- chiefly to advance the plot. This device is not new by any means, but it makes perfect sense in context with the rest of the film. A consistent verse in the gypsies' sung narration is "But to have dreamt it all." We are seeing this film through their eyes (they appear in every scene). As the movie escalates with hatred (especially towards them), they wish that this voyage was nothing but a dream after all. By the same token, the movie itself looks dreamlike. Almost entirely shot in hazy gray overcast, it has a slightly unnatural look to it. This is also complimentary of the metaphor of war, itself an act that is unnatural, yet a fact of life. It is not only ironic that these two are the sole survivors at the end once a bomb drops on the bus, but the gray haze of the day is replaced by gray smoke from which they emerge, wishing this life was but a dream.

But still, Who's Singing Over There? is worthy of Bunuel. The simple premise of a busload of strangers whose destination is consistently frustrated by the most outlandish of events is right out of Mexican Busride or Discreet Charm of the Burgeoisie. In most cases, however, the delays are politically motivated. Initially, the road is blocked by the army, so the bus has to detour over a farmer's field. The property owner, however, who is suing the government anyway, is making back revenue owed him by the state by charging people to travel across his land because of the barricade. Also, a bridge is out of service because it was weakened by the army carrying cannons over it. Then, the bus is commandeered by the army-- they even enlist the son!

Further, there is a subtly subversive tone to the whole piece. When the funeral procession appears, the dapper singer throws a stone at the horses drawing the casket to make them go faster-- suddenly the procession of mourners (on foot) is running to catch up to it! It is also at this point that the immature newlywed groom takes his bride to a meadow to consummate their marriage!! Naturally, all the passengers come to watch-- thus, their "holier-than-thou" behaviour gives way to expose the primitive beings they really are.

Another delightful moment occurs when the roly-poly man falls from the bridge that has been weakened by drawing cannons, the other passengers are unable to find his body. They put his bowler hat on his knapsack as a place for him on the bus! When the busload later stops to have lunch by the river, the man is spotted floating in the current! Alas, he runs into more bad luck when the hunter shoots him in the rear end while trying to bag a rabbit.

Throughout the movie, the people's petty conflicts are compounded by an unseen entity that all of the characters must pledge allegiance to. The old bus owner continuously grumbles that he must follow regulations to the letter or get reported (he even forces the hunter to walk another 200 metres to be picked up at the next designated bus stop, instead of taking him in right then). The army is continuously affecting their route -one man mutters that the impending German takeover would be a good thing because "at least we would have some order over here".

Another amusing facet of this journey is always the symbol of money as power. "Following regulations", the older bus driver rechecks everyone at a certain point to make sure that they still have their ticket stubs. The old farmer won't let them cross his field without paying -the wizened old man's goliath sons start to let the air out of his tires until he does- and then in order to leaven the pressure from that deflated wheel everyone has to stay on one side of the bus. This is already after they have been herded to the front after the old man has blocked off the last row of seats to put in pigs ("I make more on one pig than on all of you."). The gypsy musicians are always being accused of theft- the dapper singer makes sure the old man's wallet doesn't fall out of his pocket before the gypsies lift it. However, the owner of the bus pays them to play music while he sells food and drink to the passengers, and even promises a bonus if he sells everything! And of course, in the final fateful conflict, once a man's wallet does disappear (it has actually fallen on the road), everyone beats up the gypsies who are accused of theft.

In this one day, we get to see the characters evolve. The foppish son of the bus driver becomes a "man" (he surprisingly shows pride for his son). The suave singer puts the moves on the lovely young bride and tries to convince her that her new husband is a waste of her life. And the hunter... well, he's just trying to get back on the bus.

In this microcosm, we see people squabble over money, race, religion and class. (That the gypsies are constant butts of their derogatory comments are ugly reminders of the acts of genocide in World War II, and Bosnia's ethnic cleansing in the 1990's.) However, all of that is shockingly silenced by a bomb. The violence towards the gypsies is slowed as the sound of offscreen planes gets louder. The invading forces are treated as some invisible force-- an evil one to be certain, but they almost seem biblical in a sense, because the passengers' insolent behaviour is rendered meaningless by a (literally) higher power.

Who's Singing Over There? is a very funny, quite surreal black comedy, yet also a harsh portrait of human cruelty. Although this is set in the early 20th century, this film nonetheless has a medieval quality about it-- if you take away the bus and the sound of planes, there is really very little that is modern. People still live off the land, and the road is merely two little brown lines. The look of this film also has an engagingly primitive aspect. Many times it gives the illusion of being shot merely with available light, further adding to its gritty feel.

With such an ambitious storyline, scenes of hilarity and pathos, and, during a time of (more) war, it is a moving portrait of ordinary citizens always living under the threat of combat. Nearly thirty years later, we still can't find Who's Singing Over There? under the "Foreign" section at the video store. This is a real shame. This may be one of the greatest films you will never see.

(Adapted from a review originally published in ESR #9)

Dec 28, 2010

What Price Hollywood? (1932)

The first time I went to The Nostalgic Cinema in 1989, that one guy (who was there every time I went there) in some loud, loud sports jacket thanked the projectionist / owner for programming a certain film the night before. This was the movie. Finally, after years of tracking it down, I see why. This movie is of special interest to me as I am fascinated with movies about moviemaking, especially the peculiarly unglamourous ones that Hollywood makes about itself. This effort is irresistible. Not only is it an amusing look at how Tinseltown chews up and spits out its great talents, but it is also a glorious representation of the Hollywood schmaltz that it also satirizes.  It is also a high achievement so early in the career of director George Cukor, who would be renowned for several decades in helming pictures with strong female roles.

In a superb opening sequence, Constance Bennett is a waitress in the famed Brown Derby (what a great set!), who dreams of becoming a star. For now, she is basically serving coffee to the drunken movie execs. Then, a big Hollywood director (soused at the time, naturally) gives her a small role in his latest picture. Her tiny scene is however woeful, and she is to be replaced by another star, until the completely implausible "Give me another chance" scene, in which she does a retake, and suddenly the Hollywood brass think they have a new major star on their hands! This slightly comic fare, with superb dialogue and great dreamlike sets is at first a witty satire on Hollywood (with a neat look at the filmmaking process), then it suddenly turns tragic, as scandal ensues, and the once-great director who got her started hits the skids. Joan Bennett is cute and spunky in the lead role, but Lowell Sherman positively steals the film as the drunken big shot director. With his sardonic wit, slightly lofty demeanour, his combination of humor and pathos is astounding. His is one of the best performances of its decade-- no kidding.

Pretty much any "Hollywood biopic" cliché you can think of is in full view here-- in fact, this fictitious film probably invented them! (All it's missing is the bottle-thrown-into-a-mirror sequence) But What Price Hollywood is a wicked satire on how easily attained (or lost) stardom is, and the prices paid for it are indeed dear. And if the ending suddenly becomes too schmaltzy and optimistic for its own good, remember that this is what the formula demanded, and at the same time this is also a satire about those very pictures.

(Originally presented in ESR #9)

West of Zanzibar (1928)

Lon Chaney Sr. once again displays his histrionic talents to the screen as a phony magician who becomes crippled due to a scuffle arising from his discovery that his wife is running away with Lionel Barrymore to Africa. Fifteen years later, Chaney leads a motley group of people towards a meticulous revenge plot.

Apparently his wife's extramarital union sired a daughter, whom he had raised in a brothel (!) and has now summoned her to his lair to meet her father. This is an example of how sadistic Chaney's character really is. Plus, he purposely has Barrymore's ivory stolen in order to lure him into his web. Throughout there is a subplot of the natives burning the wife or daughter of any recently deceased man, which foreshadows Chaney's diabolical scheme.

This outrageous melodrama is one solid hour of cruelty. It is held together by Chaney's momentous command of the material. Seeing him twist his body around on the floor is once again another demonstration why he is considered to be the finest actor of the silent screen-- a time when acting meant body language over dialogue, he inhumanly contorted his own body to convey memorable portraits of twisted human beings. Also the drama is strengthened by a striking visual style which emphasizes the savagery. The high-contrast black and white, plus an expert use of lighting makes for a memorable moodpiece of sadism.

This is another of several collaborations between Chaney and director Tod Browning, some of which are now lost (most famously, their 1927 effort London After Midnight).

(Edited from a review originally included in ESR #9) 

25 New Films Selected for Preservation

The year-end list I most look forward to reading is when the Library of Congress announces more "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" to be added to The National Film Registry for preservation.  What I particularly love about this list is that they are equally respectful of independent or experimental films and documentaries as they are of mainstream releases.  It's fun to peruse the new titles and think "Gee, they haven't added that one already?"  More than any other year-end list, the National Film Registry titles make one truly proud to be a film enthusiast.

Here are this year's titles:

1. Airplane! (1980) 
The classic disaster movie parody.  Interestingly, we lost three of its stars this year (Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Barbara Billingsley)- this may have affected its inclusion.

2. All the President’s Men (1976)
One of those films where if it's on "just for a minute",  I'll watch the whole thing. Possibly the most exciting film ever made about people who make telephone calls, this thriller tells the story of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate Scandal.

3. The Bargain (1914)
A feature-length western which launched silent cowboy star William S. Hart (pictured below) to stardom.  This title reminds me that despite how much one may know about film, there is still always something more to explore.  Among Hart's most durable titles are Hell's Hinges (1916) and Tumbleweeds (1925): will have to view his work at some point.

4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
I reviewed this long-lost title way back in ESR #16, when this short film made its long-overdue release on DVD.  This study of jazz music correlating to the black experience remains an important cultural document of race relations, and a reminder that while we've come a long way, we members of the human race still have more to learn about each other.

5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Now here's an interesting choice: George Lucas' student film, which was later expanded into his 1971 feature film debut, THX 1138.   This short has been made available on the Criterion DVD of the 1971 movie.

6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
And here's another example of the congress' move to preserve lesser known works.  Just kidding.  Perhaps this was included in light of director Irvin Kershner's recent passing, but understandably so, because it is Kershner's no-nonsense tone that elevates this above the comic-book level escapism of the other films in the Star Wars franchise.

7. The Exorcist (1973)
This classic horror film of a little girl possessed by the devil still packs a wallop, largely because its matter-of-fact presentation makes you forget you're watching a movie.  An unforgettably visceral experience.

8. The Front Page (1931)
The first of many adaptations of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play, about wisecracking reporters freeing a wrongly accused man from the gallows.  Although Howard Hawks' 1940 film His Girl Friday is generally regarded as the definitive version, this Lewis Milestone film is a classic in its own right.

9. Grey Gardens (1976)
The Maysles brothers' amazing documentary about the upstate New York recluses, mother and daughter "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale.  Some have called this film exploitative, because the filmmakers spare nothing in their look at these isolated lives, but this wouldn't be as honest a work otherwise. It remains a daring and moving film about the human condition.

10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
Here's a title that even eluded yours truly.  Luis Valdes (later the director of La Bamba and Zoot Suit) made a short film based upon Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales' epic poem "I Am Joaquin", associated with 1960's Chicano movement's cry for social justice and equality.  This is another to add to my "must-see" list.

11. It’s a Gift (1934)
W.C. Fields made a long list of comedy classics, but for my money, this film is his masterpiece.  74 minutes of non-stop hilarity with Fields as a hapless shopkeeper who wages an everyday battle with his eccentric customers and nagging family.  The first time I saw this was (sigh) late at night on "The Cat's Pajamas" in 1986, and how I didn't wake the neighbours with my laughter remains one of life's mysteries.

12. Let There Be Light (1946)
John Huston was one of many filmmakers (John Ford and Frank Capra among them) who produced documentaries for the war effort in WW2.  This film studies the rehabilitation of soldiers who developed emotional trauma and depression in combat.  Although it was suppressed by the government for 30 years, this film is another classic John Huston piece which exhibits his typical risk-taking, and presenting the viewer a world unseen to most.

13. Lonesome (1928)
Two lonely people meet and then lose one another during a day at Coney Island in Pal Fejos' study of urban loneliness.  Another one to add to the "must-see" list.

14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
Long hard to find, and a "collectors favourite" until Criterion released it to DVD this year, this unbearably moving drama by Leo McCarey chronicles the efforts of an elderly couple to stay together after their apparent inability to take care of themselves, and lack of support from their adult children.  Unforgettable.

15. Malcolm X (1992)
This massive biopic of civil rights activist Malcolm X, with a towering performance by Denzel Washington, remains one of director Spike Lee's finest achievements: an incredibly ambitious, layered study of this inspirational and controversial figure.

16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
One of the most important films to de-construct and re-construct the all-American western genre, and another masterpiece in the canon of Robert Altman, this dreamy film of free enterprise in the snowy old West is daring for debunking the studio star system, where the actors and the emulsion itself appear so unflattering, and thus more faithful to the period it depicts.

17. Newark Athlete (1891)
William Dickson's short features an athlete swinging Indian clubs in a film which is equal parts documentary and abstract, as the footage is repeated rhythmically.

18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
Abstract animated short by celebrated experimental filmmaker Larry Jordan, one of the key members of the Bay Area movement, and co-founder of the Canyon Cinema Collective.

19. The Pink Panther (1964)
Perhaps another choice influenced by a recent passing (writer-director Blake Edwards), this is the first of several comedies featuring Peter Sellers as the bumbling inspector Clouseau.

20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
This two-minute short features George Veditz, one-time president of the National Association for the Deaf of the United States.

21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

22. Study of a River (1996)
And here is another reason why I love this list: the Library of Congress is sure to include works of independent, experimental filmmakers like those of Peter Hutton.  This work is an impressionistic study of the Hudson river.  I saw Mr. Hutton in person a few years back, presenting largely his work from the 1970's, so I don't believe I've seen this.  But if it's anything like the serene films I've viewed, this is a welcome treat.

23. Tarantella (1940)
This animated short illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition, part of the "Seeing Sound" series of films by the celebrated Mary Ellen Bute, who collaborates here with Ted Nemeth .

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
The first feature of director Elia Kazan,  this marvelous film based upon Betty Smith's novel chronicles a tenement family in early 1900's Brooklyn.  Moving and exuberant in all the right places.

25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)
This 12-minute film was shot from the front of a cable car through its route down Market Street in San Francisco.  This is also especially poignant because it was made just months before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  An historic cinematic document in more ways than one.

Below is the complete listing of the titles that have been selected since the inception of this program from 1989 to 2009.

1) Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
2) Adam’s Rib (1949)
3) The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
4) The African Queen (1951)
5) Alien (1979)
6) All About Eve (1950)
7) All My Babies (1953)
8) All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
9) All That Heaven Allows (1955)
10) All That Jazz (1979)
11) All The King’s Men (1949)
12) America, America (1963)
13) American Graffiti (1973)
14) An American In Paris (1951)
15) Annie Hall (1977)
16) Antonia: A Portrait Of The Woman (1974)
17) The Apartment (1960)
18) Apocalypse Now (1979)
19) Applause (1929)
20) The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
21) Atlantic City (1980)
22) The Awful Truth (1937)
23) Baby Face (1933)
24) Back To The Future (1985)
25) The Bad And The Beautiful (1952)
26) Badlands (1973)
27) The Band Wagon (1953)
28) The Bank Dick (1940)
29) The Battle Of San Pietro (1945)
30) Beauty And The Beast (1991)
31) Ben-Hur (1926)
32) Ben-Hur (1959)
33) The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
34) Big Business (1929)
35) The Big Parade (1925)
36) The Big Sleep (1946)
37) The Big Trail (1930)
38) The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
39) The Black Pirate (1926)
40) The Black Stallion (1979)
41) Blacksmith Scene (1893)
42) Blade Runner (1982)
43) Blazing Saddles (1974)
44) The Blood Of Jesus (1941)
45) The Blue Bird (1918)
46) Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
47) Boyz N The Hood (1991)
48) Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
49) The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
50) Bringing Up Baby (1938)
51) Broken Blossoms (1919)
52) A Bronx Morning (1931)
53) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act Of Man (1975)
54) Bullitt (1968)
55) Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
56) Cabaret (1972)
57) The Cameraman (1928)
58) Carmen Jones (1954)
59) Casablanca (1942)
60) Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser And His Singing Duck (1925)
61) Castro Street (1966)
62) Cat People (1942)
63) Chan Is Missing (1982)
64) The Cheat (1915)
65) The Chechahcos (1924)
66) Chinatown (1974)
67) Chulas Fronteras (1976)
68) Citizen Kane (1941)
69) City, The (1939)
70) City Lights (1931)
71) Civilization (1916)
72) Clash Of The Wolves (1925)
73) Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
74) Cologne: From The Diary Of Ray And Esther (1939)
75) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, S.C., May 1940 (1940)
76) The Conversation (1974)
77) Cool Hand Luke (1967)
78) The Cool World (1963)
79) Cops (1922)
80) A Corner In Wheat (1909)
81) The Court Jester (1956)
82) The Crowd (1928)
83) The Curse Of Quon Gwon (1916-17)
84) Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968)
85) D.O.A. (1950)
86) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
87) Dances With Wolves (1990)
88) Daughter Of Shanghai (1937)
89) Daughters Of The Dust (1991)
90) David Holzman’s Diary (1968)
91) The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
92) Days Of Heaven (1978)
93) Dead Birds (1964)
94) The Deer Hunter (1978)
95) Deliverance (1972)
96) Destry Rides Again (1939)
97) Detour (1946)
98) Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894-5)
99) Disneyland Dream (1956)
100) Do The Right Thing (1989)
101) The Docks Of New York (1928)
102) Dodsworth (1936)
103) Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
104) Dog Star Man (1964)
105) Don’t Look Back (1967)
106) Double Indemnity (1944)
107) Dr. Strangelove (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
108) Dracula (1931)
109) Drums Of Winter (1988)
110) Duck Amuck (1953)
111) Duck And Cover (1951)
112) Duck Soup (1933)
113) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
114) Early Abstractions #1-5,7,10 (1939-56)
115) Easy Rider (1969)
116) Eaux D’artifice (1953)
117) El Norte (1983)
118) The Emperor Jones (1933)
119) Empire (1964)
120) The Endless Summer (1966)
121) Enter The Dragon (1973)
122) Eraserhead (1978)
123) Evidence Of The Film (1913)
124) The Exiles (1961)
125) The Exploits Of Elaine (1914)
126) A Face In The Crowd (1957)
127) Fall Of The House Of Usher (1928)
128) Fantasia (1940)
129) Fargo (1996)
130) Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
131) Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915)
132) Film Portrait (1970)
133) Five Easy Pieces (1970)
134) Flash Gordon Serial (1936)
135) Flesh And The Devil (1927)
136) Flower Drum Song (1961)
137) Foolish Wives (1922)
138) Footlight Parade (1933)
139) Force Of Evil (1948)
140) The Forgotten Frontier (1931)
141) 42nd Street (1933)
142) The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse (1921)
143) Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928)
144) Frank Film (1973)
145) Frankenstein (1931)
146) Freaks (1932)
147) Free Radicals (1979)
148) The French Connection (1971)
149) The Freshman (1925)
150) From Here To Eternity (1953)
151) From Stump To Ship (1930)
152) From The Manger To The Cross (1912)
153) Fuji (1974)
154) Fury (1936)
155) Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)
156) The General (1927)
157) Gerald Mcboing Boing (1951)
158) Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)
159) Giant (1956)
160) Gigi (1958)
161) Glimpse Of The Garden (1957)
162) The Godfather (1972)
163) The Godfather, Part Ii (1974)
164) Going My Way (1944)
165) Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)
166) The Gold Rush (1925)
167) Gone With The Wind (1939)
168) Goodfellas (1990)
169) The Graduate (1967)
170) Grand Hotel (1932)
171) The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
172) Grass (1925)
173) The Great Dictator (1940)
174) The Great Train Robbery (1903)
175) Greed (1924)
176) Groundhog Day (1993)
177) Gun Crazy (1949)
178) Gunga Din (1939)
179) H2o (1929)
180) Hallelujah (1929)
181) Halloween (1978)
182) Hands Up (1926)
183) Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
184) Harold And Maude (1972)
185) The Heiress (1949)
186) Hell’s Hinges (1916)
187) Heroes All (1920)
188) High Noon (1952)
189) High School (1968)
190) Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)
191) His Girl Friday (1940)
192) Hitch-Hiker, The (1953)
193) Hoop Dreams (1994)
194) Hoosiers (1986)
195) Hospital (1970)
196) The Hospital (1971)
197) Hot Dogs For Gauguin (1972)
198) The House I Live In (1945)
199) The House In The Middle (1954)
200) House Of Usher (1960)
201) How Green Was My Valley (1941)
202) How The West Was Won (1962)
203) The Hunters [Kalahari Desert Tribe Anthropological Film] (1957)
204) The Hustler (1961)
205) I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
206) Imitation Of Life (1934)
207) Immigrant, The (1917)
208) In A Lonely Place (1950)
209) In Cold Blood (1967)
210) In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
211) In The Land Of The Head Hunters (1914), Aka In The Land Of The War Canoes
212) In The Street (1948/52)
213) The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
214) Intolerance (1916)
215) Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
216) The Invisible Man (1933)
217) It (1927)
218) It Happened One Night (1934)
219) It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
220) The Italian (1915)
221) Jailhouse Rock (1957)
222) Jam Session (1942)
223) Jammin’ The Blues (1944)
224) Jaws (1975)
225) Jazz On A Summer’s Day (1959)
226) The Jazz Singer (1927)
227) Jeffries-Johnson World’s Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
228) Jezebel (1938)
229) Johnny Guitar (1954)
230) The Jungle (1967)
231) Kannapolis, Nc (1941)
232) Killer Of Sheep (1977)
233) The Killers (1946)
234) King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery To Memphis (1970)
235) King Kong (1933)
236) The Kiss (1896)
237) Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
238) Knute Rockne, All American(1940)
239) Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
240) The Lady Eve (1941)
241) Lady Helen’s Escapade (1909)
242) Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925)
243) Lambchops (1929)
244) Land Beyond The Sunset (1912)
245) Lassie Come Home (1943)
246) The Last Command (1928)
247) The Last Of The Mohicans (1920)
248) Last Picture Show, The (1972)
249) Laura (1944)
250) Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
251) The Lead Shoes (1949)
252) The Learning Tree (1969)
253) Let’s All Go To The Lobby (1957)
254) Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)
255) The Life And Death Of 9413--A Hollywood Extra (1927)
256) The Life And Times Of Rosie The Riveter (1980)
257) Life Of Emile Zola, The (1937)
258) Little Caesar (1930)
259) The Little Fugitive (1953)
260) Little Miss Marker (1934)
261) Little Nemo (1911)
262) Living Desert, The (1953)
263) Lost World, The (1925)
264) Louisiana Story (1948)
265) Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
266) Love Me Tonight (1932)
267) M*A*S*H (1970)
268) Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
269) Magical Maestro (1952)
270) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
271) Making Of An American (1920)
272) The Maltese Falcon (1941)
273) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
274) The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
275) Manhatta (1921)
276) Manhattan (1979)
277) The March (1964)
278) March Of Time: Inside Nazi Germany--1938 (1938)
279) Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)
280) The Mark Of Zorro (1940)
281) Marty (1955)
282) Master Hands (1936)
283) Matrimony’s Speed Limit (1913)
284) Mean Streets (1973)
285) Medium Cool (1969)
286) Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
287) Melody Ranch (1940)
288) Memphis Belle (1944)
289) Meshes Of The Afternoon (1943)
290) Midnight Cowboy (1969)
291) Mighty Like A Moose (1926)
292) Mildred Pierce (1945)
293) The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
294) Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
295) Miss Lulu Bett (1922)
296) Modern Times (1936)
297) Modesta (1956)
298) Mom And Dad (1944)
299) Morocco (1930)
300) Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)
301) A Movie (1958)
302) Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
303) Mrs. Miniver (1942)
304) Multiple Sidosis (1970)
305) The Muppet Movie (1979)
306) The Music Box (1932)
307) The Music Man (1962)
308) My Darling Clementine (1946)
309) My Man Godfrey (1936)
310) The Naked City (1948)
311) The Naked Spur (1953)
312) Nanook Of The North (1922)
313) Nashville (1975)
314) National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
315) National Velvet (1944)
316) Naughty Marietta (1935)
317) Network (1976)
318) A Night At The Opera (1935)
319) The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
320) Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
321) Ninotchka (1939)
322) No Lies (1973)
323) North By Northwest (1959)
324) Nostalgia (1971)
325) Nothing But A Man (1964)
326) Notorious (1946)
327) Now, Voyager (1942)
328) The Nutty Professor (1963)
329) Offon (1968)
330) Oklahoma! (1955)
331) On The Bowery (1957)
332) On The Waterfront (1954)
333) Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
334) One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
335) One Froggy Evening (1956)
336) One Week (1920)
337) Our Day (1938)
338) Out Of The Past (1947)
339) Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943)
340) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
341) Pass The Gravy (1928)
342) Paths Of Glory (1957)
343) Patton (1970)
344) The Pawnbroker (1965)
345) The Pearl (1948)
346) Peege (1972)
347) The Perils Of Pauline (1914)
348) Peter Pan (1924)
349) Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
350) The Philadelphia Story (1940)
351) Pillow Talk (1959)
352) Pinocchio (1940)
353) A Place In The Sun (1951)
354) Planet Of The Apes (1968)
355) The Plow That Broke The Plains (1936)
356) Point Of Order (1964)
357) The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
358) Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936)
359) Porky In Wackyland (1938)
360) Power Of The Press (1928)
361) Powers Of Ten (1978)
362) Precious Images (1986)
363) President Mckinley Inauguration Footage (1901)
364) Primary (1960)
365) Princess Nicotine; Or The Smoke Fairy (1909)
366) The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)
367) The Producers (1968)
368) Psycho (1960)
369) The Public Enemy (1931)
370) Pull My Daisy (1959)
371) Punch Drunks (1934)
372) Pups Is Pups (Our Gang) (1930)
373) Quasi At The Quackadero (1975)
374) Raging Bull (1980)
375) Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
376) Raisin In The Sun (1961)
377) Rear Window (1954)
378) Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
379) The Red Book (1994)
380) Red Dust (1932)
381) Red River (1948)
382) Regeneration (1915)
383) Reminiscences Of A Journey To Lithuania (1971-72)
384) Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage (1937)
385) Return Of The Secaucus 7 (1980)
386) The Revenge Of Pancho Villa (1930-36)
387) Ride The High Country (1962)
388) Rip Van Winkle (1896)
389) The River (1937)
390) Road To Morocco (1942)
391) Rocky (1976)
392) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
393) Roman Holiday (1953)
394) Rose Hobart (1936)
395) Sabrina (1954)
396) Safety Last (1923)
397) Salesman (1969)
398) Salome (1922)
399) Salt Of The Earth (1954)
400) San Francisco Earthquake And Fire, April 18, 1906 (1906)
401) Scarface (1932)
402) Schindler’s List (1993)
403) Scratch And Crow (1995)
404) The Searchers (1956)
405) Serene Velocity (1970)
406) Sergeant York (1941)
407) Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
408) Seventh Heaven (1927)
409) The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)
410) Sex, Lies And Videotape (1989)
411) The Sex Life Of The Polyp (1928)
412) Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
413) Shadows (1959)
414) Shaft (1971)
415) Shane (1953)
416) She Done Him Wrong (1933)
417) Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
418) Sherman’s March (1986)
419) Shock Corridor (1963)
420) The Shop Around The Corner (1940)
421) Show Boat (1936)
422) Show People (1928)
423) Siege (1940)
424) Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
425) Sky High (1922)
426) Snow White (1933)
427) Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
428) So’s Your Old Man (1926)
429) Some Like It Hot (1959)
430) The Son Of The Sheik (1926)
431) The Sound Of Music (1965)
432) St. Louis Blues (1929)
433) Stagecoach (1939)
434) Star Is Born, A (1954)
435) Star Theatre (1901)
436) Star Wars (1977)
437) Stark Love (1927)
438) Steamboat Willie (1928)
439) George Stevens WW2 Footage (1943-46)
440) The Sting (1973)
441) Stormy Weather (1943)
442) The Story Of G.I. Joe (1945)
443) Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
444) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
445) The Strong Man (1926)
446) A Study In Reds (1932)
447) Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
448) Sunrise (1927)
449) Sunset Boulevard (1950)
450) Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
451) Swing Time (1936)
452) Tabu (1931)
453) Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)
454) Tall T, The (1957)
455) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
456) Tarzan And His Mate (1934)
457) Taxi Driver (1976)
458) The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
459) The Ten Commandments (1956)
460) The Terminator (1984)
461) Tess Of The Storm Country (1914)
462) Tevye (1939)
463) There It Is (1928)
464) The Thief Of Bagdad (1924)
465) The Thin Blue Line (1988)
466) The Thin Man (1934)
467) The Thing From Another World (1951)
468) Think Of Me First As A Person (1960-75)
469) This Is Cinerama (1952)
470) This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
471) Three Little Pigs (1933)
472) Thriller (1983)
473) Through Navajo Eyes (Series) (1966)
474) A Time For Burning (1966)
475) A Time Out Of War (1954)
476) Tin Toy (1988)
477) To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
478) To Fly (1976)
479) To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
480) Tol’able David (1921)
481) Tom, Tom The Piper’s Son (1960)
482) Tootsie (1982)
483) Top Hat (1935)
484) Topaz (1943-45) (Home Movie Footage Taken At Japanese American Internment Camp, The Topaz War Relocation Authority Center)
485) Touch Of Evil (1958)
486) Toy Story (1995)
487)Traffic In Souls (1913)
488) Trance And Dance In Bali (1936-39)
489) The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
490) Trouble In Paradise (1932)
491) Tulips Shall Grow (1942)
492) 12 Angry Men (1957)
493) Twelve O’clock High (1949)
494) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
495) Under Western Stars (1938)
496) Unforgiven (1992)
497) Verbena Tragica (1939)
498) Vertigo (1958)
499) Water And Power (1989)
500) The Wedding March (1928)
501) West Side Story (1961)
502) Westinghouse Works, 1904 (1904)
503) What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)
504) Where Are My Children? (1916)
505) White Fawn’s Devotion (1910)
506) White Heat (1949)
507) Why Man Creates (1968)
508) Why We Fight (Series) (1943-45)
509) Wild And Wooly (1917)
510) The Wild Bunch (1969)
511) Wild River (1960)
512) Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
513) The Wind (1928)
514) Wings (1927)
515) Within Our Gates (1920)
516) The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
517) Woman Of The Year (1942)
518) A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
519) The Women (1939)
520) Woodstock (1970)
521) Wuthering Heights (1939)
522) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
523) Young Frankenstein (1974)
524) Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
525) Zapruder Film (1963)