Lost in the Movies: Cinema in Pictures

Cinema in Pictures

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


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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