Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)
Director: Georges Méliès
Fun fact: One of the first films ever made. Also, Georges Méliès is the grandfather of the girl in Hugo, which tells a bit about his career.
True Heart Susie
Director: D.W. Griffith
Fun fact: All the individual film panes were dyed by hand.
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Fun fact: The scene of the baby carriage falling down the stairs was reproduced in The Untouchables.
Director: Fritz Lang
Fun fact: This is reportedly one of Hitler's favorite films. The robot was the inspiration for Star Wars' C-3P0. And footage was used in the music video for "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen.
Un chien andalou
Director: Luis Buñuel
Fun fact: Luis Buñuel was besties with Frederico García Lorca (poet) and Salvador Dalí (artist), who was a collaborator (hence why it is so weird).
Strangers on a Train
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock is most famous for directing the movie Psycho.
The Spirit of the Beehive
Director: Victor Erice
Fun fact: A Spanish film that compares Frankenstein to the Republicans of the Spanish Civil War (spoiler: they lost and Francisco Franco became the authoritarian dictator). One of my favorites.
Director: Robert Altman
Fun fact: Another one of my favorites, featuring Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall (both from Texas). The story is based on a dream Robert Altman had.
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Fun fact: This film was propelled by Quentin Tarantino to be screened in the US, so you know it has to be really awesome.
¡Y tú mamá, también! (And Your Mother, Too!)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Fun fact: This is probably the most explicit film you will ever watch. You've been warned. Also, Alfonso Cuarón directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ALSO, he's besties with Guillermo del Toro.
Hands on a Hardbody
Director: S. R. Bindler
Fun fact: This was a real contest held in Longview, Texas every year up until 2005 when a contestant committed suicide after losing. It's now a Broadway musical.
Director: Jason Courtland
Fun fact: I actually watched this as an extra credit film for the class, but I really liked it. It's a story (not a documentary) that deals with mushroom foragers. Jason Courtland plays the male protagonist.
Now that FILM 301 is over, I feel like my film horizons have been broadened, and I now know the difference between French Impressionism and Post-Modernism, although I don't know how this will help me in life. AND, after believing all semester that I was going to make a C in the class...I made a B. :) If you're interested in taking this class, I highly suggest it, although it is quite a time commitment!