View any of the following movies listed below (all available in the library collection) and consider the following questions:
? What was revolutionary about this film?
? How does it reflect the the trends of that era?
? How was is a reaction to or critique of the postwar world?
Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (AV 791.43 Bat DVD)
Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (AV 791.43 Mod DVD)
Fritz Lang's Metropolis (AV 791.43 Met DVD)
The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein
Call Number: AV 791.43 Bat DVD
Potemkin re-creats the 1905 mutiny on the battleship "Prince Potemkin." It focuses a mutiny by the battleship's crew and the subsequent massacre of civilians - that reflects the spirit of the times.
Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin
Call Number: AV 791.43 Mod DVD
Publication Date: 1936
A devastating satire on the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers. Shows Charlie as a factory worker, jailbird, night watchman, and a singing waiter. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but voices emanate from TV sets and radios.
In a futuristic time and place, humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans, and the workers, who achieve goals. Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the "thinkers" dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees.
A somnambulist commits murders at a hypnotist's bidding in this horror classic of German Expressionism. Also featured on this videodisc is an excerpt of "Genuine: a tale of a vampire", a 1920 release which reunited "Caligari's" creative team.
Books (try the 791.43s)
Tramp : the life of Charlie Chaplin by Joyce Milton.
Call Number: 791.436 Chaplin
Publication Date: 1998
Biography of Charlie Chaplin, discussing his childhood in the slums of London, early days in the theater, his genius in the American film industry, and his exile to Europe during the days of McCarthyism.
Dalí, surrealism and cinema by Elliott H. King.
Call Number: 791.43 Kin
Publication Date: 2007
Discusses surrealist Salvador Dali's involvement in filmmaking, covering his work with Luis Bunuel, Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, and others, and his use of the cinema to bring the subjects of his paintings to life.