Get Film Schooled
December 15, 2010
For some basics and an American film history workout, check out this new fabulous book:
Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About by Mimi O'Connor
And, the RSC recommends these foreign films which may enchant you into further schooling:
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) France, directed by: Jean Renoir
A tramp is saved from an attempted suicide by a Parisian bookseller. The bookseller’s family takes the tramp in and through many entertaining happenings each party learns a new appreciation for life.
L'atalante (1934) France, directed by: Jean Vigo
After marrying a barge captain, a young bride comes aboard to live on his boat with his wonderfully entertaining crew of two. Bored with life on the river, the bride sneaks out to see the nightlife of Paris. A lovely and beautifully filmed chase ensues.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Germany, directed by: Robert Wiene
The original horror film involving multiple murders and amazing set design.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) England, directed by: Robert Hamer
In this excellent dark comedy, Alec Guiness sets out to kill eight of his nasty relatives for a healthy inheritance. It’s hilarious through every dastardly deed.
Antonia’s Line (1995) Belgium, directed by: Marleen Gorris
A Dutch matriarch looks back on her life and the generations of family and friends who have gathered around her table. A very colorful and magical film.
Stefanie E. (aka the Real Sassy Critic)
North Oak Branch