Recommendations

A collection of lists of films, either recommended by others or that I have or have had an interest in watching. More recommendations or comments always welcome!

Introductory Post.

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Films Featured in, Referenced, or Influential on The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Collections
Directors or Film Stars Active Before 1960
Silent Films
Non-English Language Films

Films referenced in or influential to The Invention of Hugo Cabret:

  • L’Arrivée d’un train à la Ciotat [The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat] (1895) – France – the Lumière brothers, Dirs. (available here)
  • Escamotage d’une dame au théâtre Robert Houdin [Vanishing Lady] (1896) – France – Georges Méliès, Dir.(available here)
  • Le Voyage dans la lune [A Trip to the Moon] (1902) – France – Georges Méliès, Dir. (available here, completely silent but high-quality; here, with English narration)
  • The Kid (1921) – USA – Charlie Chaplin (available here)
  • Safety Last! (1923) – USA – Fred C. Newmeyer, Dir.; staring Harold Lloyd
  • Sherlock Jr. (1924) – USA – Buster Keaton, Dir. and star
  • Paris qui dort [Paris Asleep] (1924) – France – René Clair, Dir.
  • La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes [The Little Match Girl] (1928) – France – Jean Renoir (available here)
  • Le million [The Million] (1931) – France – René Clair, Dir.
  • Sous les toits de Paris [Under the Roofs of Paris] (1930) – France – René Clair, Dir.
  • The Clock Store (1931) – USA – A Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon
  • Zéro de conduite [Zero for Conduct] (1933) – France – Jean Vigo (available here)
  • Les quatre cent coups [The 400 Blows] (1959) – France – François Truffaut, Dir.

Collections:

Directors/Stars:

  • Charlie Chaplin – English
  • Thomas Edison – American
  • D. W. Griffith – American
  • Buster Keaton – American
  • Harold Lloyd – American
  • Lumière brothers – French
  • Georges Méliès – French
  • Victor Sjöström – Swedish

Silent Films:

  • The Great Train Robbery (1903)  USA – Edwin S. Porter
  • Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) – USA – Edwin S. Porter
  • Fantasmagorie (1908) – France – Émile Cohl
  • The Cameraman’s Revenge [Mest’ kinematograficheskogo operatora] (1902) – Russia – Wladyslaw Starewicz, Dir. (available here)
  • Les Vampires (1915) – France – Louis Feuillade
  • Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (1920) – Germany – Robert Wiene
  • Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [Nosferatu] (1922) – Germany – F. W. Murnau
  • Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler] (1922) – Germany – Fritz Lang
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) – USA – Wallace Worsley, Dir.; Starring Lon Chaney (available here)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925) – USA – Rupert Julian, Dir.; Starring Lon Chaney (available here)
  • Metropolis (1927) – Germany – Fritz Lang
  • Napoléon (1927) – France – Abel Gance
  • La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc [The Passion of Joan of Arc] (1928) – France – Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Asphalt (1929) – Germany – Joe May
  • Tagebuch einer Verlorenen [Diary of a Lost Girl] (1929) – Germany – G. W. Pabst
  • Die Büchse der Pandora [Pandora’s Box] (1929) – Germany – G. W. Pabst

Non-English Films, by Country:

Brazil

  • Cidade de Deus [The City of God] – (2002) – Brazil – Frenando Meirelles & Kátia Lund (co-director)

France

  • La Grande Illusion [Grand Illusion] (1937) – France – Jean Renoir
  • La Règle de jeu [The Rules of the Game] (1939) – France – Jean Renoir
  • Les Enfrants du Paradis [Children of Paradise] (1945) – France – Marcel Carné
  • La Belle et la Bête [Beauty and the Beast] (1946) – France – Jean Cocteau
  • Tirez sur le pianiste [Shoot the Piano Player/Shoot the Pianist] (1960) – France – François Truffaut
  • À bout de souffle [Breathless] (1960) – France – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Bande à part [Band of Outsiders] (1964) – France – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Weekend (1967) – France – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Le Boucher [The Butcher] (1970) France – Claude Chabrol
  • Delicatssen (1991) – France – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • La Cité des enfants perdus [City of Lost Children] (1995) – France – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain [Amélie]  (2001) – France – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Paris, Je T’aime (2006) – France – Various

Germany

  • Händler der vier Jahreszeiten [The Merchant of Four Seasons] (1971) – West Germany – Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes [Aguirre, the Wrath of God] (1972) – West Germany – Werner Herzog
  • Angst essen Seele auf [Ali: Fear Eats the Soul] (1974) – West Germany – Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle [The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser] (1974) – Germany – Werner HerzogIm Lauf der Zeit [Kings of the Road] (1976) – Germany – Wim Wenders
  • Der amerikanische Freund [The American Friend] (1977) – Germany – Wim Wenders
  • Die Ehe der Maria Braun [The Marriage of Maria Braun] (1979) – West Germany – Rainder Werner Fassbinder
  • Lola rennt [Run Lola Run] (1998) – Germany – Tom Tykwer
  • Bella Martha [Mostly Martha] (2001) – Germany – Sandra Nettlebeck

Italy

  • Roma, città aperta [Rome, Open City] (1945) – Italy – Roberto Rossellini
  • Paisà [Paisan] (1946) – Italy – Roberto Rossellini
  • La terra trema [The Earth Will Tremble/The Earth Trembles] (1948) – Italy – Luchino Visconti
  • Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thieves] (1948) – Italy – Vittorio De Sica
  • Umberto D (1952) – Italy – Vittorio De Sica
  • I soliti ignoti [Big Deal on Madonna Street/Persons Unknown] (1958) – Italy Mario Monicelli
  • L’avventura [The Adventure] (1960) – Italy – Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli [Rocco and his Brothers] (1960) – Italy/France – Luchino Visconti
  • Il sorpasso [The Easy Life] (1962) Italy – Dino Risi
  • Prima della rivoluzione [Before the Revolution] (1964) – Italy – Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Blow-up (1966) – Italy/UK – Michelangelo Antonioni

Japan

  • Ikiro [To Live] (1952) – Japan – Akira Kurosawa
  • Tokyo Story (1953) – Japan – Yasujirō Ozu
  • Ugetsu monogatari [Ugetsu] (1953) – Japan – Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Seven Samurai (1954) – Japan – Akira Kurosawa
  • Sanshō Dayū’ [Sansho the Bailiff] (1954) – Japan – Kenji Mizoguchi
  • High and Low (1963) – Japan – Akira Kurosawa
  • Death by Hanging (1968) – Japan – Nagisa Oshima

Spain

  • Todo sobre mi madre [All About My Mother] (1999) – Spain/France – Pedro Almodóvar
  • El laberinto del fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth] (2006) – Spain – Guillermo del Toro

Posts on films I’ve watched may be found HERE.

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