Tuesday, August 7, 2012

120 Classic Short Films (60 Minutes or Less)



 Top: Amblin', Un Chien Andalou, Wavelength
Middle: Entr'acte, The Music Box, Les Mistons
Bottom: Luxo Jr., La Jetee, Dimensions of Dialogue


For this list I looked at a number of different areas - historically important early silents, silent comedy, silent art films, later art films, cartoons, documentaries, apprentice works by major directors, oscar winning short films, and so on - and tried to cherry-pick the very best examples of each. I’ve included some works made for television - like Peter Watkins’ The War Game - but only if they have a repuation in the world of cinema and are sometimes discussed in academic film books. I was tempted to include Michael Jackson's Thriller, directed by John Landis, which sometimes makes it onto lists of short films, but then if I did that 100 other music videos would have to be considered, so I left it out.


Argentina
1.      Toss Me a Dime (Fernando Birri, 1960)
Australia
2.      Castor and Pollux (Philip Noyce, 1973)
Canada
3.      Begone Dull Care (Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren, 1949)
4.      La Lutte (Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra, 1961)
5.      Lonely Boy (Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor, 1962) Documentary about Paul Anka
6.      Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
Cuba
7.      LBJ (Santiago Alvarez, 1968)
Czechoslovakia
8.      Dimensions of Dialogue (Jan Svankmajer, 1982)
France
9.      A Day In The Country (Jean Renoir, 1936)
10.  A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902)
11.  Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, 1896)
12.  Ballet Mecanique (Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, 1924)
13.  Cuba Si (Chris Marker, 1961)
14.  Entr’acte (Rene Clair, 1924)
15.  La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)
16.  La Seine A Rencontre Paris (Joris Ivens, 1957)
17.  L'Age d'Or (Luis Bunuel, 1930)
18.  Les Mistons (Francois Truffaut, 1958)
19.  Logorama (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain, 2009)
20.  Nuit Et Brouillard (Alain Resnais, 1955)
21.  Omnibus (Sam Karman, 1992)  Oscar and Palme d'Or Short Film winner
22.  The Italian Straw Hat (Rene Clair, 1928)
23.  The Koumiko Mystery (Chris Marker, 1965)
24.  The Little Match Girl (Jean Renoir, 1928)
25.  The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)
26.  The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac, 1928)
27.  Tous Les Garcons S'appellent Patrick (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)
28.  Toute La Mémoire Du Monde (Alain Resnais, 1956)
29.  Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel, 1929)
30.  Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory (Auguste and Louis Lumière, 1895)
Germany/West Germany
31.  Not Reconciled Or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules (Jean-Marie Straub, 1965)
32.  Toyland (Jochen Alexander Freydank, 2007)
Ireland
33.  Return to Glennascaul (Hilton Edwards, 1953) Starring Orson Welles
Japan
34.  Children in the Classroom (Susumu Hani, 1954)
35.  Children Who Draw (Susumu Hani, 1956)
36.  Girl in the Mist (Hideo Suzuki, 1959)
Mexico
37.  Simon of the Desert (Luis Bunuel, 1965)
Poland
38.  Two Men and a Wardrobe (Roman Polanski, 1958)       
Russia
39.  The Old Man and the Sea (Aleksandr Petrov, 1999)
Senegal
40.  Borom Sarret (Ousmane Sembene, 1969)
Soviet Union
41.  The Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1960)
Spain
42.  Land Without Bread (Luis Bunuel, 1933)
Sweden
43.  The War Game (Mai Zetterling, 1963)
U.K.
44.  A Close Shave (Nick Park, 1995)
45.  A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings,1945)
46.  A Grand Day Out (Nick Park, 1989)
47.  Every Day Except Christmas (Lindsay Anderson,1957)
48.  Franz Kafka’ s It’s A Wonderful Life (Peter Capaldi, 1993)
49.  Free Radicals (Len Lye, 1958)
50.  Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister, 1942)
51.  London Can Take It! (Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt, 1940)
52.  Night Mail (Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 1936)
53.  O Dreamland (Lindsay Anderson,1953)
54.  Target for Tonight (Harry Watt, 1941)
55.  The Bespoke Overcoat (Jack Clayton, 1956)
56.  The Plank (Eric Sykes, 1967)
57.  The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (Richard Lester & Peter Sellers, 1960)
58.  The Snowman (Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami, 1982)
59.  The War Game (Peter Watkins, 1965)
60.  The Wrong Trousers (Nick Park, 1993)
61.  Thursday's Children (Lindsay Anderson,1955)
62.  We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz, 1958)
U.S.
63.  A Great Day in Harlem (Jean Bach, 1994) Documentary featuring many jazz greats
64.  A Wild Hare (Tex Avery, 1940)
65.  Amblin' (Steven Spielberg, 1968)
66.  At Land (Maya Deren, 1944)
67.  Big Business (James W. Horne, Leo McCarey, 1929)
68.  Boundin’ (Bud Luckey, Roger L.Gould, 2004) Pixar film
69.  Castro Street (Bruce Baillie, 1966)
70.  Cigarettes & Coffee (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1993)
71.  Cops (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton, 1922)
72.  County Hospital (James Parrott, 1932)
73.  Dog Star Man: Part 1 (Stan Brakhage, 1962)
74.  Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones, 1953)
75.  Easy Street (Charlie Chaplin, 1917)
76.  Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (George Lucas, 1967)
77.  Film (Alan Schneider, 1965) Written by Samuel Beckett, starring Buster Keaton
78.  Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963)
79.  For Heaven's Sake (Sam Taylor, 1926)
80.  Gerald McBoing-Boing (Robert Cannon, 1951)
81.  Gertie the Dinosaur (Winsor McCay, 1914)
82.  Hotel Chevalier (Wes Anderson, 2007)
83.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Chuck Jones, Ben Washam 1966)
84.  I'm Here (Spike Jonze, 2010)
85.  Jammin' the Blues (Gjon Mili, 1944) Starring Lester Young
86.  Kid Auto Races at Venice (Henry Lehrman, 1914) First film to feature Chaplin as The Tramp
87.  Knighty Knight Bugs (Friz Freleng, 1958)
88.  Let There Be Light (John Huston, 1946)
89.  Luxo Jr. (John Lasseter, 1986) First Pixar film, featuring 2 hopping desk lamps
90.  Meshes of The Afternoon (Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, 1943)
91.  Multi-Facial (Vin Diesel, 1995)
92.  One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones, 1955)
93.  Powers of Ten (Charles and Ray Eames, 1968)
94.  Pull My Daisy (Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie,1959) Written by Jack Kerouac, starring Allen Ginsberg
95.  Red Hot Riding Hood (Tex Avery, 1943)
96.  Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964)
97.  Seven Chances (Buster Keaton,1925)
98.  Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
99.  Shoulder Arms (Charlie Chaplin, 1918)
100.  Steamboat Willie (Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, 1928)
101.  Superman (Dave Fleischer, 1941)
102.  Superstar The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes, 1988)
103.  The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (Dean Parisot, 1988)
104.  The Big Shave (Martin Scorsese, 1968)
105.  The Critic (Ernest Pintoff, 1963) Starring Mel Brooks
106.  The Dirk Diggler Story (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1988)
107.  The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, 1903)
108.  The Immigrant (Charlie Chaplin, 1917)
109.  The Kiss (William Heise, 1896)
110.  The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavk Vorkapich,1928)
111.  The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (William Wyler, 1944)
112.  The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)
113.  Three Little Pigs (Burt Gillett, 1933)
114.  Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols, 1953)
115.  Vincent (Tim Burton, 1982)
116.  Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967)        
117.  What's Opera, Doc? (Chuck Jones, 1957)
118.  Why We Fight (Parts 1-4) (Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak, Anthony Veiller, 1942-1943)*
119.  Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1968)
120.  Within the Woods (Sam Raimi, 1978)
  
*Series of 7 documentary films about World War Two. Parts 1-4 are under 60 mins.



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