Friday, December 8, 2017

The Film Canon - An Idea for a 5 Class Series

Based on Paul Schrader's idea for a 60 films that can comprise the cinematic bible. 

So how about a half-hour talk beforehand, and a half-hour discussion after the movie. 

Class 1: The Classical Era

The General - Buster Keaton
The Passion of Joan of Arc - Carl Theodor Dreyer
Sunrise - FW Murnau
Metropolis - Fritz Lang
The Crowd - King Vidor
Earth - Alexander Dovzhenko
City Lights - Charlie Chaplin
Shanghai Express - Josef von Sternberg
The Rules of the Game - Jean Renoir
Citizen Kane - Orson Welles
The Lady Eve - Preston Sturges
Children of Paradise - Marcel Carne

Class 2: The Recovery 

The Red Shoes - Powell/Pressberger
Out of the Past - Jacques Tourner
Letter from an Unknown Woman - Max Ophüls
The Third Man - Carol Reed
Orpheus - Jean Cocteau
Sunset Boulevard - Billy Wilder
Gun Crazy - Joseph H. Lewis
An Ameican in Paris - Vicente Minelli
A Place in the Sun - George Stevens
The Life of Oharu - Kenji Mizoguchi
Singin' in the Rain - Stanley Donen
Tokyo Story - Yasijiro Ozu

Class 3: The Prosperity

The Naked Spur - Anthony Mann
Journey to Italy - Roberto Rosselini
7 Men from Now - Budd Bütticer
The Searchers - John Ford
The Sweet Smell of Success - Alexander Mackendrick
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Pickpocket - Robert Bresson
La Notte - Michelangelo Antonioni
Last Year at Marienbad - Alain Resnais
Salvatore Giuliano - Francisco Rosi
Jules and Jim - Francois Truffaut
8 1/2 - Frederico Fellini

Class 4: The Rebellion 

The Leopard - Lucchino Visconti
High and Low - Akira Kurosawa
Masculin/Feminin - Jean-Luc Godard
Persona - Ingmar Bergman
2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick
Once Upon a Time in the West - Sergio Leone
The Wild Bunch - Sam Peckinpagh
Performance - Cammell/Roeg
Claire's Knee - Èric Rohmer
The Conformist - Bernardo Bertolucci
The Godfather - Francis Ford Coppola
Chinatown - Roman Polanski
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Class 5: The Outcasts
Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese
That Obscure Object of Desire - Luis Bunuel
All That Jazz - Bob Fosse
Nostalgia - Andrei Tarkovsky
Blue Velvet - David Lynch
The Dead - John Huston
Crimes and Misdemeanors - Woody Allen
The Big Lebowski - The Coen Brothers
Mother and Son - Aleksandr Sokurov
In The Mood for Love - Wong Kar-Wai
Talk To Her - Pedro Almodovar

Class 6:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Ang Lee
Hero - Zhang Yimou
Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo del Toro
City of God - Fernando Mierelles
Children of Men - Alfanso Cuaron
The Lives of Others - Florian Heckel von Donnersmarck
Thank You For Smoking - Jason Reitman
The Social Network - David Fincher
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson
Boyhood - Richard Linklater

Class 7:Lost American Directors

The Producers - Mel Brooks
Bonnie and Clyde - Arthur Penn
In the Heat of the Night - Norman Jewison
Patton - Franklin Schaeffner
The French Connection - William Friedkin
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Milos Forman
Nashville - Robert Altman
Network - Sidney Lumet
Carrie - Brian de Palma
The Deer Hunter - Michael Cimino
Being There - Hal Ashby
Tootsie - Sydney Pollack

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