FILM LIFE: The Arts of Life | Chapter 25: Part 2: Filmmaking and Photography

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1. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

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.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,740

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.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,549

Link: 'These Amazing Shadows' Official Site. ___________


IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Abelardo).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Voiceless reel). _________

IMDb Link: National Film Preservation Board, USA | Overview.

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.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Robin Blaetz, Allen Daviau, Michael Gates, Robert A. Harris

Votes: 45

'These Amazing Shadows' Companion Piece.

6. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

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.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,946

Slavoj Zizek quote: "I secretly think reality exists so we can speculate about it."

Link: 'The Pervert's Guide to Cinema' Official Site.

8. The Thoughts That Once We Had (2015)

108 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

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

Votes: 106

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

80 Metascore

Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

Director: Martina Kudlácek | Stars: Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao Li Chi, Rita Christiani

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 »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Peter Coyote, Robert Altman, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Fred Astaire

Votes: 192

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 »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 709

12. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
Episode: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

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.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,512

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.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Catherine Scorsese

Votes: 332

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 1,771

15. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,841 | Gross: $0.01M

Martin Scorsese quote: "I saw these movies. They had a powerful effect on me. You should see them."

Link: Films Referenced and Films Featured.

16. Directed by John Ford (1971)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on the life and films of director John Ford.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: John Ford, Peter Bogdanovich, Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 963

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.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Ron Howard, Robert Altman, Jeanine Basinger, Edward Bernds

Votes: 221

18. A Letter to Elia (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary on the late Elia Kazan.

Directors: Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas

Votes: 828

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.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Jane Fonda, Frances Dee, Kitty Carlisle, Molly Haskell

Votes: 314

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 »

Director: Ally Acker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dede Allen, Gillian Armstrong, Margaret Booth

Votes: 8

21. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

103 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Pamela B. Green | Stars: Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Marc Abraham, Stephanie Allain

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.

Director: Valerio Ruiz | Stars: Lina Wertmüller, John Simon, Massimo Wertmüller, Masolino D'Amico

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 »

Directors: Petra Costa, Lea Glob | Stars: Olivia Corsini, Serge Nicolai, Pancho Garcia Aguirre, Shaghayegh Beheshti

Votes: 534

24. Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Biography

A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.

Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 204

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 »

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jean Firstenberg, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Votes: 72

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

80 Metascore

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 »

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 1,283

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."

28. In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema (2007 Video)

Documentary, History

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 »

Director: Brad Osborne | Stars: Pearl Bowser, Leroy Collins, Ruby Dee, Herb Jeffries

Votes: 20

Amazon Movies & TV: African American Cinema.

29. Baadasssss Cinema (2002 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles, Elvis Mitchell

Votes: 641

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.

Votes: 17

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.

Director: Craig Laurence Rice | Stars: Philip Brookman, Avery Brooks, Flavio da Silva, Nelson George

Votes: 115

32. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Director: Stuart Samuels | Stars: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas

Votes: 1,402

33. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

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.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah

Votes: 2,551

35. My Journey Through French Cinema (2016)

Not Rated | 201 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Bertrand Tavernier, François Truffaut, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean Renoir

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."

36. Lumière! (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A collection of restored prints from the Lumière Brothers.

Director: Thierry Frémaux | Stars: Thierry Frémaux, Martin Scorsese, François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 917

38. Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, History

78 Metascore

Life and work of the founder of the Cinémathèque Française.

Director: Jacques Richard | Stars: Henri Alekan, Catherine Allégret, Jo Amorin, Jean-Michel Arnold

Votes: 374

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 »

Directors: Michel Pascal, Serge Toubiana | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Olivier Assayas, Alexandre Astruc, Jean Aurel

Votes: 108

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

79 Metascore

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Geneviève Pasquier, Denis Jadót, Brigitte Bastien

Votes: 635

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

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,943 | Gross: $0.24M

Agnès Varda quote: "I had flops. I had success."

Link: 'The Beaches of Agnès' Official Site [Japan].

43. Cinévardaphoto (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

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

Votes: 181

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."

44. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 9,318 | Gross: $0.95M

45. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama