Jessica, i think it’s fair enough to include Night and Fog, a 32 minute film, as a short.
“Lucifer Rising” – Kenneth Anger
Lynch’s “Lumiere et compagnie” entry is pretty special, but only lasts a handful of seconds. Dark and ambiguous, technically and stylistically stunning.
yes Kenji, it is fair. I stand by my comment because Nuit et brouillard is sacred and transcends discussions of category or of length. I have seen this film countless times and my immediate reaction was that it was closer to 50 minutes, a testament to the unique status that Resnais’ film should have for us all.
Written & directed by Dayyan Eng
Some favorites :
Un Chien Andalou – Bunuel
The Little Match Girl – Renoir
The Red Balloon – Lamorisse
Bambi Meets Godzilla – Newland
btw, any film under 40 minutes is considered a short.
I love short films. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned but I wanted to share one that I came across last year called Spider. It’s one of my more recent favorites. You can watch it on youtube now.
The short, early films by Francois Ozon haven’t been mentioned. Perfect, small, unpretentious gems. There’s a Region 1 release of these short films. I must add that Ozon’s 52-minute “See the Sea” may not qualify as a short film, but it is a web of dread that become unforgettable and might be nominated for “best debut” by a contemporary director.
carne – Gaspar Noe
La Jetee – Chris marker
I just watched carne and it made me heave.
“Vincent” by Tim Burton or “The Mascot” by Wladyslaw Starewicz. A bit rare, but should be available used.
Quasi at the Quackadero (Sally Cruikshank)
Advise & Dissent (Leib Cohen)
Frankenweenie (84 version, Tim Burton)
Two Men & a Wardrobe (Roman Polanski)
I’m surprised Truffaut’s Antoine et Colette hasn’t been mentioned. It’s incredibly beautiful.
A Day In The Country (Renoir)
The Miracle (Rossellini)
Postmaster (part of TWO DAUGHTERS, Satyajit Ray)
The Job (part of BOCCACCIO ’70, Visconti)
Bambi Meets Godzilla
i ditto the sentiment that though it s not a short film, Ozon’s see the sea (regarde la mer) is awesome and unmissable.
Watch “I Ran With The Grey Ghost.” Those NYU film students know how to do it.
Lucifer Rising is my slam dunk.
La Jetée by Chris Marker. I just watched it. I think I’ll be picking up the La Jetée/San Soleil Criterion soon.
Now how about some love for Alexander Hammid? Co-director of Meshes of the Afternoon- no it’s not just Deren’s film- and classy cinematographer. Try his earlier avant-garde Czech film Aimless Walk before he migrated to the US and changed his name (Meshes didn’t come from nothing, and there was also Epstein,Bunuel and Cocteau…), or 1944 short Private Life of a Cat, filmed in his and Deren’s apartment during their relatively short marriage. He also helped Menotti direct his BFI classics selection The Medium in 1951 and directed the Osacr-winning short To be Alive (1965). Really he deserves his own thread.
Cops – Buster Keaton
The Scarecrow – Buster Keaton
The Paleface – Buster Keaton
The Rink – Charlie Chaplin
The Dentist – W. C. Fields
The Music Box — Laurel and Hardy
Two Tars – Laurel and Hardy
LA RUTA NATURAL
“le poulet” by claude berri
“un chien andalou” bunuel
Night and Fog
TERMINAL is my favorite :) I directed it!
Besides that one, Madame Tutli Putli is a favorite, as well as any Pixar short
I just watched Andrea Arnold’s Oscar winning short film Wasp. It’s rather impressive.
To add to my page one comment:
Over the Rainbow (Alexandre Aja)
Sousto (The Loaf of Bread, Jan Němec, 1960)
One of the best short films I have seen in a long time is: Synesthesia
I’ve always loved ‘THE DEBT’ by Bruno de Almeida. His first short which won the Canal + award for best short film at the Cannes Film Festival Critic’s week in 1993. It stars Paul Lazar, Kristen Johnston and Scott Renderer. The film went to 85 film festivals around the world and won awards in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Monaco and the USA.