FILM LIFE: The Arts of Life | Chapter 25: Part 2: Filmmaking and Photographyby Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
Master List: FILM LIFE: Chapters 1 to 28.
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1. Life Itself (2014)
R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography
The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
Votes: 14,386 | Gross: $0.81M
The Arts of Life | Filmmaking and Photography
Steve James quote: "He embraced life. He embraced it when he was an only child growing up in Champaign. He embraced it when he got to the University of Illinois and became the editor of the newspaper. He embraced it when he first moved to Chicago and was living the life of a hard-drinking reporter. At every stage of his life, it was an adventure for him. He loved life. I think it's why ultimately he titled his memoir Life Itself. He didn't title it Movies Themselves or My Life in Movies. He titled it Life Itself because of the way in which he lived his life."
Link: 'Life Itself' Official Site.
Amazon Books: Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert.
Amazon Books: Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007 by Roger Ebert.
Amazon Books: Roger Ebert: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle.
2. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History
A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
3. These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.
4. Lost Forever (2011)
30 min | Documentary
Reveals the rich and diverse American film heritage and shows us how preservation saves both the cultural heritage and the individual memories.
'These Amazing Shadows' Companion Piece.
5. Os Azeitonas: Cinegirasol (2016 Video)
5 min | Short, Music
IMDb Watch Now External Link: 'Os Azeitonas: Cinegirasol' Official YouTube Music Video (Portuguese).
6. Side by Side (2012)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Votes: 12,705 | Gross: $0.03M
7. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
150 min | Documentary
Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.
8. The Thoughts That Once We Had (2015)
108 min | Documentary
A personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze, 'The movement-image' and 'The time-image.' All quotations are from Deleuze, unless otherwise attributed.
Director: Thom Andersen
Gilles Deleuze quote: "The historical fact is that cinema was constituted as such by becoming narrative, by presenting a story, and by rejecting its other possible directions. The approximation which follows is that, from that point, the sequences of images and even each image, a single shot, are assimilated to propositions or rather oral utterances."
9. In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2001)
Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.
Votes: 351 | Gross: $0.01M
Maya Deren quote: "The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls."
Link: 'In the Mirror of Maya Deren' Official Site | Wikipedia.
10. The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary
Based on the first centenary of the largest exporter of films in the world, that is Hollywood, is the story told by its protagonists, actors and writers and other people who made life in ... See full summary »
11. American Masters (1985– )
TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »
Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
225 min | Documentary
Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
Link: 'A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies' Official Site.
Link: Films Referenced and Films Featured. _________________
IMDb Watch Now Link: Martin Scorsese Video Gallery.
13. Scorsese on Scorsese (2004 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Martin Scorsese discusses his life growing up in Manhattan and his filmmaking career.
Martin Scorsese quotes: "And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things."
"Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this."
"There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard."
"It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily."
"I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction."
Link: Films Referenced and Films Featured.
Amazon Books: Scorsese on Scorsese: Revised Edition by David Thompson.
Amazon Books: Conversations with Scorsese by Richard Schickel.
Amazon Books: Scorsese: A Retrospective by Tom Shone.
Amazon Books: Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson.
14. Italianamerican (1974)
49 min | Documentary
Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and know each other very well.
15. My Voyage to Italy (1999)
PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary
World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.
Votes: 2,841 | Gross: $0.01M
17. Frank Capra's American Dream (1997 TV Movie)
PG | 115 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Ron Howard hosts a biography of the life and career of filmmaker Frank Capra, including interviews with the director's friends, colleagues and admirers.
19. Complicated Women (2003 TV Movie)
55 min | Documentary
A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 - before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.
Jane Fonda quotes: "It's never to late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy."
"We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation."
"But the whole point of liberation is that you get out. Restructure your life. Act by yourself."
"I don't think there's anything more important than making peace before it's too late. And it almost always falls to the child to try to move toward the parent."
20. Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women (2014)
145 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Using rare footage and exclusive interviews with filmmakers from all over the globe, "Reel Herstory" corrects the historic notion that women behind the scenes in motion pictures held ... See full summary »
103 min | Documentary
Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.
Votes: 243 | Gross: $0.10M
22. Behind the White Glasses (2015)
112 min | Documentary, Biography
It is a musical portrait that shines a spotlight on unknown aspects of the creative, visionary and groundbreaking talent of filmmaker and writer, Lina Wertmüller.
Votes: 136 | Gross: $0.00M
23. Olmo & the Seagull (2015)
82 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
'Olmo and the Seagull' is a poetic and existential dive into an actress's mind during the nine months of her pregnancy as she must confront her most fiery inner demons while trying to ... See full summary »
25. Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997)
98 min | Documentary, Biography
A biography of the life and career of silent-film star Mary Pickford, known during her day as "America's Sweetheart". This documentary shows that she was not simply just the top actress of ... See full summary »
Mary Pickford quotes: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
26. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)
TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography
Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »
Charles Chaplin quotes: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
"We think to much and feel to little."
"The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish."
"We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery."
"I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth."
At a time when Hollywood refused to cast Blacks in films except as servants and buffoons, an artistic underground developed so called "Race movies" - featuring all Black audiences. Richly ... See full synopsis »
Amazon Movies & TV: African American Cinema.
30. Pioneers of African-American Cinema (2015– )
55 min | Drama
A collection of more than twenty films made by African-American directors for black audiences.
Amazon Movies & TV: Pioneers of African American Cinema.
31. Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000 TV Movie)
91 min | Documentary, Biography
An intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker.
Link: Gordon Parks.
TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.
R | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
Votes: 2,135 | Gross: $0.01M
34. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.
35. My Journey Through French Cinema (2016)
Not Rated | 201 min | Documentary
Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures.
Votes: 581 | Gross: $0.04M
Bertrand Tavernier quote: "Dealing with history teaches you to find out what's important. Not conventional history, but the history told by the new breed of historians that show that history is linked with fact, flesh, blood, passion. It's not just about remembering dates, but it's about making the history alive."
37. Lumière and Company (1995)
88 min | Documentary
40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers.
Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Vicente Aranda, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Hugh Hudson, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiarostami, Cédric Klapisch, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, Bigas Luna, Sarah Moon, Arthur Penn, Lucian Pintilie, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Jaco Van Dormael, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Yoshishige Yoshida, Yimou Zhang, Merzak Allouache, Gabriel Axel, Michael Haneke, James Ivory, Patrice Leconte, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant, Claude Miller, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Jacques Rivette | Stars: Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Merzak Allouache, Jeffe Alperi
Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Life and work of the founder of the Cinémathèque Française.
Henri Langlois quote: "There are cinéphiles and cinéphages. Truffaut is a cinéphile. A cinéphage - a film nerd - sits in the front row and writes down the credits. But if you ask him whether it's good, he'll say something sharp. But that's not the point of movies: to love cinema is to love life, to really look at this window on the universe. It's incompatible with note-taking!"
Amazon Books: Henri Langlois: First Citizen of Cinema by Glenn Myrent, Georges P. Langlois.
Amazon Books: A Passion for Films: Henri Langlois & the Cinematheque Francaise by Richard Roud.
39. François Truffaut: Portraits volés (1993)
88 min | Documentary
Twenty-six people - including two daughters, an ex-wife, his last lover, actors, fellow directors and writers, a neighbor, and boyhood friends - talk about François Truffaut. They discuss ... See full summary »
François Truffaut quote: "I have always preferred the reflection of life to life itself."
Amazon Books: Francois Truffaut: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks...
40. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary
Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.
Votes: 5,259 | Gross: $0.30M
Alfred Hitchcock quotes: "In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director."
"I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline-production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one."
"If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on."
"A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake."
Link: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Official Site [Japan].
Amazon Books: Hitchcock (Revised Edition) by Francois Truffaut.
41. 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.
Jean-Luc Godard quotes: "Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self."
"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start, the cinema doesn't."
"Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second."
"All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl."
Amazon Books: Jean Luc Godard: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks.
42. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography
Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.
Votes: 2,943 | Gross: $0.24M
43. Cinévardaphoto (2004)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary
From legendary French New Wave director Agnes Varda comes the wonderful CINEVARDAPHOTO, a triptych of short films exploring the power and vitality of the photograph. In ��... See full summary »
Director: Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda quote: "In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see."
45. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama