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A HISTORY THROUGH FILMS

by George O. Kaplan
(Work in progress) 4.000.000-2.000.000 years ago (Africa): AUSTRALOPITHECUS 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick (USA/UK, 1968) 1200s BC (Greece and Colchis): JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN FLEECE Jason and the Argonauts – Don Chaffey (UK/USA, 1963) 480 BC (Thermopylae, Greece): BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE 300 – Zack Snyder (USA, 2006) 400s (China): HUA MULAN Mulan – Walt Disney: Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook (USA, 1998) 490-510 (Britain): KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE Excalibur – John Boorman (UK/USA, 1981) King Arthur – Antoine Fuqua (USA/UK/Ireland, 2004) 1200-1519 (Mesoamerica): LATE POSTCLASSIC… Read more

(Work in progress)

4.000.000-2.000.000 years ago (Africa): AUSTRALOPITHECUS
2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick (USA/UK, 1968)

1200s BC (Greece and Colchis): JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN FLEECE
Jason and the Argonauts – Don Chaffey (UK/USA, 1963)

480 BC (Thermopylae, Greece): BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE
300 – Zack Snyder (USA, 2006)

400s (China): HUA MULAN
Mulan – Walt Disney: Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook (USA, 1998)

490-510 (Britain): KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
Excalibur – John Boorman (UK/USA, 1981)
King Arthur – Antoine Fuqua (USA/UK/Ireland, 2004)

1200-1519 (Mesoamerica): LATE POSTCLASSIC MESOAMERICA
Apocalypto – Mel Gibson (USA, 2006)

1270-1305 (Scotland and England): WILLIAM WALLACE
Braveheart – Mel Gibson (USA, 1995)

1300-1453 (Europe): LATE MIDDLE AGES
Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) – Ingmar Bergman (Sweden, 1957)

1431 (Rouen, France): THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC
Procès de Jeanne d’Arc (The Trial of Joan of Arc) – Robert Bresson (France, 1962)

1572 (France): ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S DAY MASSACRE
La reine Margot – Patrice Chéreau (France/Italy/Germany, 1994)

1800s DENMARK
Babettes gæstebud (Babette’s Feast) – Gabriel Axel (Denmark, 1987)

1800s USA
Back to the Future Part III – Robert Zemeckis (USA, 1990)

1803-1815: NAPOLEONIC WARS
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – Peter Weir (USA, 2003)

1811-1923 (USA): WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI INDIAN WARS
Fort Apache – John Ford (USA, 1948)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon – John Ford (USA, 1949)

1818-1821 (UK): JOHN KEATS & FANNY BRAWNE
Bright Star – Jane Campion (Australia/UK/France, 2009)

1858-1947 (India): BRITISH RAJ
The Rains Came – Clarence Brown (USA, 1939)
A Passage to India – David Lean (UK/USA, 1984)

1860- (Italy): SICILIAN MAFIA
The Godfather: Part II – Francis Ford Coppola (USA, 1974)

1860- (Memphis, USA): BEALE STREET MUSIC SCENE
The Blues. 3: The Road to Memphis – Richard Pearce (USA, 2003)

1862 (Georgia, USA): GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE
The General – Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman (USA, 1926)

1862-1890 (England): JOSEPH MERRICK
The Elephant Man – David Lynch (USA, 1980)

1889-1968 (Denmark): CARL THEODOR DREYER
Cinéastes de notre temps: Carl Theodor Dreyer – Eric Rohmer (France, 1965)

1890-1930 (USA): SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S OIL BOOM
There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson (USA, 2007)

1900 (Peking, China): SIEGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEGATIONS
55 Days at Peking – Nicholas Ray, Guy Green (USA, 1963)

1900-1983 (Spain, France, USA and Mexico): LUIS BUÑUEL
Cinéastes de notre temps: Luis Buñuel – Robert Valey (France, 1964)

1900- : DELTA BLUES
The Blues. 1: Feel Like Going Home – Martin Scorsese (USA, 2003)

1900- : BLUES
The Soul of a Man – Wim Wenders (USA/Germany, 2003)
The Blues. 4: Warming by the Devil’s Fire – Charles Burnett (USA, 2003)
The Blues. 5: Godfathers and Sons – Marc Levin (USA, 2003)
The Blues. 6: Red, White and Blues – Mike Figgis (USA, 2003)
The Blues. 7: Piano Blues – Clint Eastwood (USA, 2003)

1910-1937 (Italy): IDA DALSER & BENITO MUSSOLINI
Vincere – Marco Bellocchio (Italy/France, 2009)

1916-2001 (USA and Mexico): BUDD BOETTICHER
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That – Bruce Ricker (USA, 2005)

1917-1973 (France): JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE
Cinéastes de notre temps: Jean-Pierre Melville: portrait en neuf poses – André S. Labarthe (France, 1971)

1920-1966 (Italy and USA): GIANNI DI VENANZO
Vittorio Storaro on Gianni Di Venanzo, & “8½” (2001)

1920-1993 (Italy): FEDERICO FELLINI
NBC Experiment in Television. S3 E6: Fellini: A Director’s Notebook – Federico Fellini (Italy/USA, 1969)
Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (I’m a Born Liar) – Damian Pettigrew (France/Italy/UK, 2002)

1922-1943 (Italy): MUSSOLINI’S ITALY
Il conformista (The Conformist) – Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy/France/West Germany, 1970)

1928 (California, USA): WINEVILLE CHICKEN COOP MURDERS
Changeling – Clint Eastwood (USA, 2008)

1928-1999 (USA and England): STANLEY KUBRICK
Look: Stanley Kubrick! (2007)

1930s USA
It Happened One Night – Frank Capra (USA, 1934)
Cradle Will Rock – Tim Robbins (USA, 1999)

1931-1932 (France): MICHEL SIMON & JEAN RENOIR
Cinéastes de notre temps: Portrait de Michel Simon par Jean Renoir ou Portrait de Jean Renoir par Michel Simon ou La direction d’acteurs: dialogue – Jacques Rivette (France, 1966)

1931- (New York City, USA): FIVE FAMILIES
The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola (USA, 1972)

1932-1984 (France): FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT
Cinéastes de notre temps: François Truffaut ou L’esprit critique – Jean-Pierre Chartier (France, 1965)

1933-1945 (Germany): NAZI GERMANY
The Mortal Storm – Frank Borzage (USA, 1940)

1934- : LEONARD COHEN
Leonard Cohen: Live in London – Edward Sanders (2008)

1937-1938 (Nanking, China): NANKING MASSACRE
Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death) – Lu Chuan (China/Hong Kong, 2009)

1939-1945: WORLD WAR II
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Nagisa Ôshima (Japan/UK, 1983)

1939-1945 (Poland and Austria-Hungary): OSKAR SCHINDLER & THE HOLOCAUST
Schindler’s List – Steven Spielberg (USA, 1993)

1939- (USA): WENDY CARLOS
On working with Stanley Kubrick (2007)

1940s FRANCE
Quai des Orfèvres – H.G. Clouzot (France, 1947)

1940s USA
The Cider House Rules – Lasse Hallström (USA, 1999)

1940-1944 (France): GERMAN MILITARY ADMINISTRATION IN OCCUPIED FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR II
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino (USA/Germany, 2009)

1941-1964 (USA): THE RISE AND FALL OF JAKE LaMOTTA
Raging Bull – Martin Scorsese (USA, 1980)

1942-2013: LOU REED
Berlin – Julian Schnabel (USA/UK, 2007)

1944 (Normandy, France): INVASION OF NORMANDY
Saving Private Ryan – Steven Spielberg (USA, 1998)

1945-1955 (Austria): FOUR-POWER VIENNA
The Third Man – Carol Reed (UK, 1949)

1946- (USA): DAVID LYNCH
A Conversation with David Lynch (2006)
Lynch – blackANDwhite (USA, 2007)
The Air Is on Fire (David Lynch exposes at the Cartier Foundation, Paris 2007) (2007)

1947-2016: DAVID BOWIE
Footage from the Dunstable Concert (1972)
The 1980 Floor Show (1973)
The Dick Cavett Show (1974)
David Live TV Ad (1974)
Cher Show (1975)

1947 (Paris, France): FIVE INMATES IN LA SANTÉ PRISON ESCAPE ATTEMPT
Le trou – Jacques Becker (France/Italy, 1960)

1948 (Spain): LA CANAL’S CRIME
Amantes – Vicente Aranda (Spain, 1991)

1949 (USA): EXORCISM OF ROLAND DOE
The Exorcist – William Friedkin (USA, 1973)

1950s ITALY
Il grido – Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy/USA, 1957)

1950s SPAIN
Bienvenido Mister Marshall (Welcome Mr. Marshall!) – Luis G. Berlanga (Spain, 1953)

1950s USA
Back to the Future – Robert Zemeckis (USA, 1985)
L.A. Confidential – Curtis Hanson (USA, 1997)
Far from Heaven – Todd Haynes (USA, 2002)

1950- : PETER GABRIEL
Secret World Live – François Girard (Canada, 1993)

1958- : PRINCE
La Coruna, July 29, 1990 (1990)

1960s ITALY
Accattone – Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy, 1961)

1960s SPAIN
Plácido – Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1961)

1960s USA
A Bronx Tale – Robert De Niro (USA, 1993)
A Serious Man – Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (USA/UK/France, 2009)

1960-1970: THE BEATLES
The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit – Albert Maysles & David Maysles, Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke (USA, 1964)
Help! – Richard Lester (UK, 1965)
The Beatles Anthology – Kevin Godley, Bob Smeaton and Geoff Wonfor (UK, 1995)

1963-1967: FRITZ LANG & JEAN-LUC GODARD
Cinéastes de notre temps: Le dinosaure et le bébé, dialogue en huit parties entre Fritz Lang et Jean-Luc Godard – André S. Labarthe (France, 1967)

1965 (Indonesia): 30 SEPTEMBER MOVEMENT
The Year of Living Dangerously – Peter Weir (Australia/USA, 1982)

1966-1970 (England and USA): THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
Live in Chelmsfold, England (1967)
Live at Monterey – D.A. Pennebaker (USA, 1967)

1967-1989: NICOLAE CEAUȘESCU’S ROMANIA
4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) – Cristian Mungiu (Romania/Belgium, 2007)

1969 (Catskill Mountains, USA): WOODSTOCK
Taking Woodstock – Ang Lee (USA, 2009)

1970s SWEDEN
Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) – Ingmar Bergman (Sweden, 1973)

1970s USA
Carrie – Brian De Palma (USA, 1976)

1971 (UK & New York, USA): JOHN LENNON: “IMAGINEALBUM
Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s ’’Imagine’’ Album – Jonas Mekas, Andrew Solt (1971)

1971 (London, UK): BAKER STREET ROBBERY
The Bank Job – Roger Donaldson (UK/USA, 2008)

1972-1990 (USA): FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: THE GODFATHER TRILOGY
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside – Jeff Werner (USA, 1990)

1973-1994: THE RISE AND FALL OF CARLOS THE JACKAL
Carlos – Olivier Assayas (France/Germany, 2010)

1976-1997 (Manchester, England): TONY WILSON & FACTORY RECORDS
24 Hour Party People – Michael Winterbottom (UK, 2002)

1977 (USA): THE NIXON INTERVIEWS
Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard (USA/UK/France, 2008)

1978 (Italy): KIDNAPPING OF ALDO MORO
Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) – Marco Bellocchio (Italy, 2003)

1978 (Vatican City): POPE JOHN PAUL I: PAPACY AND DEATH
The Godfather: Part III – Francis Ford Coppola (USA, 1990)

1979-1990 (UK): THATCHERISM
My Beautiful Laundrette – Stephen Frears (UK, 1985)

1980s USA
The Simpsons – Matt Groening (USA, 1989-)
Edward Scissorhands – Tim Burton (USA, 1990)

1980 (USA and England): STANLEY KUBRICK: THE SHINING
Making ‘The Shining’ – Vivian Kubrick (USA, 1980)

1990s FRANCE
L’arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque) – Eric Rohmer (France, 1993)

1990s SPAIN
En construcción – José Luis Guerín (Spain, 2001)

1990s UK
Ali G, Innit – Sacha Baron Cohen (UK, 1998-1999)
Ali G, Aiii – Sacha Baron Cohen, James Bobin, Steve Smith (UK, 2000)

1990s USA
The Simpsons – Matt Groening (USA, 1989-)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Lasse Hallström (USA, 1993)
The Sopranos – David Chase (USA, 1999-)
The Thomas Crown Affair – John McTiernan (USA, 1999)
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry David; Robert B. Weide (USA, 1999)

1992-1995 (Bosnia and Herzegovina): BOSNIAN WAR
No Man’s Land – Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Slovenia/Italy/UK/Belgium, 2001)

1994 (USA): ALVIN STRAIGHT’S JOURNEY ACROSS IOWA AND WISCONSIN ON A LAWNMOWER
The Straight Story – David Lynch (USA/France/UK, 1999)

1994-1999 (South Africa): NELSON MANDELA, PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA
Invictus – Clint Eastwood (USA, 2009)

1996 (Algeria): ASSASSINATION OF THE MONKS OF TIBHIRINE
Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) – Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010)

1998 (Omagh, Northern Ireland): OMAGH BOMBING
Omagh – Pete Travis (UK/Ireland, 2004)

2000s ANTARCTICA
Encounters at the End of the World – Werner Herzog (USA, 2007)

2000s FRANCE
La guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War) – Valérie Donzelli (France, 2011)

2000s SOUTH KOREA
Shi (Poetry) – Lee Chang-dong (South Korea, 2010)

2000s UK
Match Point – Woody Allen (UK/Luxembourg, 2005)
Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold (UK/Netherlands, 2009)

2000s USA
Bowling for Columbine – Michael Moore (USA/Canada/Germany, 2002)
Dawn of the Dead – Zack Snyder (USA/Canada/Japan/France, 2004)
Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood (USA/Germany, 2008)
True Blood – Alan Ball (USA, 2008-)

2001.09.11 (USA): UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93
United 93 – Paul Greengrass (USA/UK/France, 2006)

2003 (Iraq): 2003 INVASION OF IRAQ
Green Zone – Paul Greengrass (USA/UK/France/Spain, 2010)

2003-2011 (Iraq): IRAQ WAR
The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow (USA, 2008)

2007- (UK): BROKEN BRITAIN
Eden Lake – James Watkins (UK, 2008)

2010s USA
Paul – Greg Mottola (USA/UK, 2011)

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