Lost in the Movies (formerly The Dancing Image)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Cinema in Pictures
The complete directory (in images) for "32 Days of Movies"

It's all here - every movie I included in my video series, completed yesterday. If you click on a picture it will take you directly to the video chapter including that clip. From there you can either press play, or navigate to the chapter intro via the "Return to the Dancing Image" link below the video player. You may want to do so for more information before watching (spoilers, NSFW, links to my reviews, even historical context), or you may just want to dive in and start swimming.

You can read the introduction if you have any questions about the intent of the series (based on my DVD collection, not canonical/favorites) or visit the Video Gallery if you'd like to browse the series by chapter rather than clip. If you're at work, be warned that a few of the images below contain nudity.

This post is really exciting for me to look at all laid out; it fits my image of cinema (encompassing multitudes, like some crazy quilt; see also Allan Fish's more canonical and ambitious timeline poster) and it feels a satisfactory conclusion to a project that was the most extensive I've ever done outside of school and among the five or six most time-consuming endeavors I've undertaken period. It was worth it, for me at least, and I can only hope the results work for you as well.











Statistics 

Actors: The top actor (excluding performers featured in the film, but not the particular clip) is Al Pacino, with 7 films. He's followed by Cary Grant (6), Robert De Niro, Katherine Hepburn, and Jean-Pierre Leaud (5), Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson, and James Stewart (4), and Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Henry Fonda, Ethan Hawke, Anna Karina, Charles Laughton, Bill Murray, Ginger Rogers, Sissy Spacek, Margaret Sullavan, and Monica Vitti (3).

Filmmakers: In a landslide, the most featured filmmaker is Ingmar Bergman, who directed 9 movies that I own (and I've recently acquired another, which may be featured in an update one month from now). Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick appeared 7 times each, followed by Federico Fellini, John Ford, and Howard Hawks (6) and Brian De Palma, David Lean, Louis Malle, Eric Rohmer, and Martin Scorsese (5). Then there's Walt Disney, not a director, but usually considered the true auteur of his early pictures; he's joined by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Michelangelo Antonioni, each with 4. Finally a broad swathe of directors pulled off 3 contributions: Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Kenneth Anger, Hideaki Anno, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Bresson, Charlie Chaplin, George Cukor, Milos Forman, John Huston, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Albert and David Maysles, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, Steven Spielberg, George Stevens, Oliver Stone, Francois Truffaut, and Yoshishige Yoshida - joined by non-directorial auteur Busby Berkeley whose distinctively choreographed dance sequences were also featured thrice.

I compiled other statistics as well, but their numbers didn't add up at all so obviously my computations were completely screwy (what a waste of time!). Oh well. Suffice to say America dominated the proceedings, and France was the next in line; the 60s and 70s bore the most titles; and aside from the broad categories of comedy and drama, the most popular genres were thrillers, documentaries, and animation. Also black-and-white and color films were in close contention for the majority, with colors having the edge, but not by so much.

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