Cinematic Essays

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1. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 11,082

2. À Propos de Nice (1930)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Directors: Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo

Votes: 3,596

3. Las Hurdes (1933)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill

Votes: 4,845

4. Bel Ami (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Shortly after being demobilized, Georges Duroy becomes aware of his power over women in the arms of Rachel, a young singer. Thanks to his good looks and his charming manners and his ... See full summary »

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Willi Forst, Olga Tschechowa, Johannes Riemann, Ilse Werner

Votes: 106

5. Life Begins Tomorrow (1950)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

Become a man of tomorrow ,and leave a little the past behind.

Director: Nicole Védrès | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, André Labarthe, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Rostand

Votes: 8

6. Bullfight (1951)

76 min | Documentary, Sport

Everything you wanted to know about bullfighting and bullfighters. After a historical insight into tauromachy, the film shows the way the bulls meant for the arena are raised and selected. ... See full summary »

Directors: Myriam Borsoutsky, Pierre Braunberger | Stars: Jean Desailly, Julio Aparicio, Carlos Arruza, Juan Belmonte

Votes: 9

7. Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

22 min | Documentary, Short

A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Star: Michel Simon

Votes: 313

8. With André Gide (1952)

85 min | Documentary

Throughout his life, André Gide was haunted by questions of a religious and moral nature. When he published "Les Nourritures terrestres" ("The Fruits of the Earth") in 1897, success opened the doors to the literary salons.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: André Gide, Jean-Louis Barrault, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jean Desailly

Votes: 10

9. Along the Coast (1958)

25 min | Documentary, Short, History

A humorous travelogue of the French Riviera.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Roger Coggio, Anne Olivier, Jacopo Nizi

Votes: 491

11. Third Side of the Coin (1960)

60 min | Documentary

A documentary about the then only twelve year old country of Israel, caught amidst the tensions of the Middle East and the ongoing Cold War.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Ali, Père Gauthier, Monsieur Klein, Yaakov Malkin

Votes: 163

12. Love Meetings (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from, young and old women if they are men's equals, men and women if a woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Lello Bersani, Alberto Moravia, Cesare Musatti, Io Apolloni

Votes: 1,190

13. The Clowns (1970 TV Movie)

G | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy

A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Riccardo Billi, Federico Fellini, Gigi Reder, Tino Scotti

Votes: 1,994

14. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,399

15. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,877

16. Filming 'Othello' (1978)

84 min | Documentary

Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Hilton Edwards, Alan Cholodenko

Votes: 355

17. Origins of a Meal (1979)

115 min | Documentary

With this documentary on the plots and sub-plots of the universe of food, Moullet moves away from comedy to become a pioneer of today's trend to analyze the forms of globalization by ... See full synopsis »

Director: Luc Moullet | Star: Luc Moullet

Votes: 78

18. Mur murs (1981)

80 min | Documentary

Agnes Varda's documentary on murals in Los Angeles.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Juliet Berto, Judy Baca, Richard Bennett, Betty Brandelli

Votes: 392

19. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 8,782 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Tokyo-Ga (1985)

92 min | Documentary

Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Werner Herzog, Yûharu Atsuta, Chris Marker

Votes: 2,284

21. God's Country (1985 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis, was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years Malle was too ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Star: Louis Malle

Votes: 607

22. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Franklin Chang-Diaz, Louis Malle, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero, Derek Walcott

Votes: 376

23. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 25,095 | Gross: $6.71M

24. Hôtel Terminus (1988)

Unrated | 267 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls, Johannes Schneider-Merck

Votes: 1,225 | Gross: $0.34M

25. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

Votes: 738

26. Jacquot (1991)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama

Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier, Brigitte De Villepoix

Votes: 1,251 | Gross: $0.15M

27. The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993)

64 min | Documentary, Music

A recital becomes part of the French culture; 25 years later the performers return to the village where it was first launched.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Agnès Varda, Michel Legrand, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 237

28. Veillées d'armes (1994)

Not Rated | 224 min | Documentary, War

We follow Marcel Ophuls' two journeys to Sarajevo in 1993. He is starting a documentary about war correspondants. But this also becomes a reflexion about truth and life. The form consists ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Christiane Amanpour, Paul Amar, Sergio Apollonio, Isabelle Baillancourt

Votes: 94

30. JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December (1994)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction of film industry and film as art, as well as the act of creating art.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Geneviève Pasquier, Denis Jadót, Brigitte Bastien

Votes: 637

31. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,720 | Gross: $1.36M

32. Route One USA (1989)

255 min | Documentary

Doc (McIsaac), back from a decade in in Africa, and filmmaker Kramer, decide to follow Route 1, from the Canadian border all the way to the tip of Florida.

Director: Robert Kramer | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Paul McIsaac, Pat Robertson

Votes: 213

33. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,790 | Gross: $7.00M



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