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Movies

Some of our favourite movie from the past century or so.

1916 – Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages   (D. W. Griffith)
1917 – The Immigrant   (Charles Chaplin)
1920 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari   (Robert Wiene)
1920 – The Golem   (Carl Boese)
1921 – The Phantom Carriage   (Victor Sjöström)
1922 – Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler   (Fritz Lang)
1922 – Nosferatu   (F. W. Murnau)
1922 – Nanook of the North   (Robert J. Flaherty)
1923 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame   (Wallace Worsley)
1924 – Greed   (Erich von Stroheim)
1924 – The Last Laugh   (F. W. Murnau)
1925 – Battleship Potemkin   (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
1925 – The Gold Rush   (Charles Chaplin)
1925 – Seven Chances   (Buster Keaton)
1926 – The General   (Buster Keaton)
1926 – Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed   (Lotte Reiniger)
1926 – Faust   (F. W. Murnau)
1926 – The Black Pirate   (Albert Parker)
1927 – Sunrise   (F. W. Murnau)
1927 – Metropolis   (Fritz Lang)
1927 – Berlin: Symphony of a Great City   (Walter Ruttmann)
1927 – Wings   (William A. Wellman)
1927 – The Unknown   (Tod Browning)
1928 – The Crowd   (King Vidor)
1928 – The Last Command   (Josef von Sternberg)
1928 – The Passion of Joan of Arc   (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1928 – The Circus   (Charles Chaplin)
1928 – The Wedding March   (Erich von Stroheim)
1928 – Sadie Thompson   (Raoul Walsh)
1928 – Beggars of Life   (William A. Wellman)
1929 – Pandora’s Box   (Georg Wilhelm Pabst)
1929 – Man with a Movie Camera   (Dziga Vertov)
1929 – Diary of a Lost Girl   (Georg Wilhelm Pabst)
1930 – All Quiet on the Western Front   (Lewis Milestone)
1930 – The Blue Angel   (Josef von Sternberg)
1930 – Min and Bill   (George W. Hill)
1930 – Hell’s Angels   (Howard Hughes)
1930 – The Big Trail   (Raoul Walsh)
1931 – City Lights   (Charles Chaplin)
1931 – Dracula   (Tod Browning)
1931 – Frankenstein   (James Whale)
1931 – Le million   (René Clair)
1931 – À Nous la Liberté   (René Clair)
1931 – The Public Enemy   (William A. Wellman)
1931 – M   (Fritz Lang)
1931 – Dishonored   (Josef von Sternberg)
1931 – Little Caesar   (Mervyn LeRoy)
1931 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde   (Rouben Mamoulian)
1931 – La Chienne   (Jean Renoir)
1931 – Night Nurse   (William A. Wellman)
1931 – City Streets   (Rouben Mamoulian)
1931 – Safe in Hell   (William A. Wellman)
1931 – Marius   (Alexander Korda)
1931 – Tabu: A Story of the South Seas   (F. W. Murnau)
1932 – Trouble in Paradise   (Ernst Lubitsch)
1932 – Scarface   (Howard Hawks)
1932 – I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang   (Mervyn LeRoy)
1932 – Island of Lost Souls   (Erie Kenton)
1932 – Love Me Tonight   (Rouben Mamoulian)
1932 – Shanghai Express   (Josef von Sternberg)
1932 – Red Dust   (Victor Fleming)
1932 – I Was Born, But…   (Yasujirô Ozu)
1932 – Freaks   (Tod Browning)
1932 – Vampyr   (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1932 – Million Dollar Legs   (Edward Cline)
1932 – Grand Hotel   (Edmund Goulding)
1932 – Blonde Venus   (Josef von Sternberg)
1932 – Murders in the Rue Morgue   (Robert Florey)
1932 – Fanny   (Marc Allégret)
1933 – King Kong   (Merian C. Cooper)
1933 – Baby Face   (Alfted Green)
1933 – 42nd Street   (Lloyd Bacon)
1933 – The Invisible Man   (James Whale)
1933 – Dinner at Eight   (George Cukor)
1933 – Queen Christina   (Rouben Mamoulian)
1933 – Zero for Conduct   (Jean Vigo)
1933 – Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse   (Fritz Lang)
1933 – Heroes for Sale   (William A. Wellman)
1933 – Ecstasy   (Gustav Machatý)
1934 – The Thin Man   (W.S. Van Dyke)
1934 – It Happened One Night   (Frank Capra)
1934 – Treasure Island   (Victor Fleming)
1934 – L’Atalante   (Jean Vigo)
1934 – A Story of Floating Weeds   (Yasujirô Ozu)
1934 – Lieutenant Kije   (Aleksandr Faintsimmer)
1934 – Twentieth Century   (Howard Hawks)
1934 – The Scarlet Empress   (Josef von Sternberg)
1935 – Les Misérables   (Richard Boleslawski)
1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty   (Frank Lloyd)
1935 – The 39 Steps   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1935 – The Informer   (John Ford)
1935 – Ruggles of Red Gap   (Leo McCarey)
1935 – A Night at the Opera   (Sam Wood)
1935 – Crime and Punishment   (Josef von Sternberg)
1936 – The Crime of Monsieur Lange   (Jean Renoir)
1936 – Dodsworth   (William Wyler)
1936 – Modern Times   (Charles Chaplin)
1936 – Mr. Deeds Goes to Town   (Frank Capra)
1936 – The Lower Depths   (Jean Renoir)
1936 – The Petrified Forest   (Archie Mayo)
1936 – Wife vs. Secretary   (Clarence Brown)
1936 – Show Boat   (James Whale)
1937 – La Grande Illusion   (Jean Renoir)
1937 – Captains Courageous   (Victor Fleming)
1937 – Angel   (Ernst Lubitsch)
1937 – Marked Woman   (Lloyd Bacon)
1937 – Pépé le Moko   (Julien Duvivier)
1937 – The Prisoner of Zenda   (John Cromwell)
1938 – La bête humaine   (Jean Renoir)
1938 – Angels with Dirty Faces   (Michael Curtiz)
1938 – The Lady Vanishes   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1938 – Hôtel du Nord   (Marcel Carné)
1938 – Pygmalion   (Anthony Asquith)
1938 – The Big Broadcast of 1938   (Mitchell Leisen)
1939 – Gone with the Wind   (Victor Fleming)
1939 – The Wizard of Oz   (Victor Fleming)
1939 – Only Angels Have Wings   (Howard Hawks)
1939 – The Rules of the Game   (Jean Renoir)
1939 – Dark Victory   (Edmund Goulding)
1939 – The Roaring Twenties   (Raoul Walsh)
1939 – Le Jour se Leve   (Marcel Carné)
1939 – The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum   (Kenji Mizoguchi)
1939 – La fin du jour   (Julien Duvivier)
1940 – The Westerner   (William Wyler)
1940 – His Girl Friday   (Howard Hawks)
1940 – The Shop Around the Corner   (Ernst Lubitsch)
1940 – The Great Dictator   (Charles Chaplin)
1940 – Rebecca   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1940 – The Grapes of Wrath   (John Ford)
1940 – Christmas in July   (Preston Sturges)
1940 – Waterloo Bridge   (Mervyn LeRoy)
1940 – The Mark of Zorro   (Rouben Mamoulian)
1940 – Remember the Night   (Mitchell Leisen)
1940 – The Ghost Breakers   (George Marshall)
1941 – Citizen Kane   (Orson Welles)
1941 – The Lady Eve   (Preston Sturges)
1941 – Suspicion   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1941 – The Maltese Falcon   (John Huston)
1941 – The Little Foxes   (William Wyler)
1941 – High Sierra   (Raoul Walsh)
1941 – The Strawberry Blonde   (Raoul Walsh)
1941 – Swamp Water   (Jean Renoir)
1941 – The Sea Wolf   (Michael Curtiz)
1942 – Casablanca   (Michael Curtiz)
1942 – The Magnificent Ambersons   (Orson Welles)
1942 – Yankee Doodle Dandy   (Michael Curtiz)
1942 – Cat People   (Jacques Tourneur)
1942 – Gentleman Jim   (Raoul Walsh)
1942 – Crossroads   (Jack Conway)
1942 – Random Harvest   (Mervyn LeRoy)
1943 – The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp   (Michael Powell)
1943 – Shadow of a Doubt   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1943 – The Ox-Bow Incident   (William A. Wellman)
1943 – Tarzan Triumphs   (Wilhelm Thiele)
1943 – Day of Wrath   (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1943 – Le Corbeau   (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1944 – Laura   (Otto Preminger)
1944 – The Woman in the Window   (Fritz Lang)
1944 – Ivan the Terrible, Part I   (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
1944 – To Have and Have Not   (Howard Hawks)
1944 – Double Indemnity   (Billy Wilder)
1944 – The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek   (Preston Sturges)
1944 – Gaslight   (George Cukor)
1944 – Murder, My Sweet   (Edward Dmytryk)
1944 – The Suspect   (Robert Siodmak)
1945 – Detour   (Edgar Ulmer)
1945 – Scarlet Street   (Fritz Lang)
1945 – Rome, Open City   (Roberto Rossellini)
1945 – And Then There Were None   (René Clair)
1945 – Brief Encounter   (David Lean)
1945 – Children of Paradise   (Marcel Carné)
1945 – The Southerner   (Jean Renoir)
1945 – Dead of Night   (Alberto Cavalcanti)
1946 – Gilda   (Charles Vidor)
1946 – La belle et la bête   (Jean Cocteau)
1946 – Great Expectations   (David Lean)
1946 – My Darling Clementine   (John Ford)
1946 – Notorious   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1946 – It’s a Wonderful Life   (Frank Capra)
1946 – The Big Sleep   (Howard Hawks)
1946 – The Stranger   (Orson Welles)
1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives   (William Wyler)
1946 – Green for Danger   (Sidney Gilliat)
1946 – Shoeshine   (Vittorio De Sica)
1947 – Brute Force   (Jules Dassin)
1947 – Odd Man Out   (Carol Reed)
1947 – Nightmare Alley   (Edmund Goulding)
1947 – Monsieur Verdoux   (Charles Chaplin)
1947 – Quai des Orfèvres   (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1948 – Red River   (Howard Hawks)
1948 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre   (John Huston)
1948 – Letter from an Unknown Woman   (Max Ophüls)
1948 – Hamlet   (Laurence Olivier)
1948 – Bicycle Thieves   (Vittorio De Sica)
1948 – Macbeth   (Orson Welles)
1948 – The Red Shoes   (Michael Powell)
1948 – The Fallen Idol   (Carol Reed)
1948 – Oliver Twist   (David Lean)
1948 – I Remember Mama   (George Stevens)
1949 – White Heat   (Raoul Walsh)
1949 – Kind Hearts and Coronets   (Robert Hamer)
1949 – The Third Man   (Carol Reed)
1949 – The Set-Up   (Robert Wise)
1949 – Thieves’ Highway   (Jules Dassin)
1949 – Le Silence de la Mer   (Jean-Pierre Melville)
1949 – The Heiress   (William Wyler)
1950 – Rashômon   (Akira Kurosawa)
1950 – Last Holiday   (Henry Cass)
1950 – Born Yesterday   (George Cukor)
1950 – Sunset Blvd.   (Billy Wilder)
1950 – All About Eve   (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1950 – Los Olvidados   (Luis Buñuel)
1950 – The Asphalt Jungle   (John Huston)
1950 – La ronde   (Max Ophüls)
1951 – Ace in the Hole   (Billy Wilder)
1951 – A Streetcar Named Desire   (Elia Kazan)
1951 – The Thing from Another World   (Christian Nyby)
1951 – Strangers on a Train   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1951 – The Man in the White Suit   (Alexander Mackendrick)
1951 – The African Queen   (John Huston)
1951 – The Lavender Hill Mob   (Charles Crichton)
1951 – La Poison   (Sacha Guitry)
1951 – Early Summer   (Yasujirô Ozu)
1952 – Ikiru   (Akira Kurosawa)
1952 – Umberto D.   (Vittorio De Sica)
1952 – Clash by Night   (Fritz Lang)
1952 – Le Plaisir   (Max Ophüls)
1952 – High Noon   (Fred Zinnemann)
1952 – Singin’ in the Rain   (Stanley Donen)
1952 – Casque d’Or   (Jacques Becker)
1952 – Forbidden Games   (René Clément)
1952 – Othello   (Orson Welles)
1953 – The Earrings of Madame de…   (Max Ophüls)
1953 – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday   (Jacques Tati)
1953 – Tokyo Story   (Yasujirô Ozu)
1953 – Ugetsu   (Kenji Mizoguchi)
1953 – Roman Holiday   (William Wyler)
1953 – The Big Heat   (Fritz Lang)
1953 – Shane   (George Stevens)
1953 – The Wages of Fear   (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1953 – Stalag 17   (Billy Wilder)
1953 – I Vitelloni   (Federico Fellini)
1953 – Inferno   (Roy Ward Baker)
1954 – Seven Samurai   (Akira Kurosawa)
1954 – On the Waterfront   (Elia Kazan)
1954 – Human Desire   (Fritz Lang)
1954 – La Strada   (Federico Fellini)
1954 – Creature from the Black Lagoon   (Jack Arnold)
1954 – Godzilla   (Ishirô Honda)
1954 – Sansho the Bailiff   (Kenji Mizoguchi)
1954 – Rear Window   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1954 – Hobson’s Choice   (David Lean)
1954 – French Cancan   (Jean Renoir)
1954 – An Inspector Calls   (Guy Hamilton)
1955 – The Ladykillers   (Alexander Mackendrick)
1955 – Smiles of a Summer Night   (Ingmar Bergman)
1955 – The Night of the Hunter   (Charles Laughton)
1955 – Diabolique   (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1955 – Marty   (Delbert Mann)
1955 – Pather Panchali   (Satyajit Ray)
1955 – Du rififi chez les hommes   (Jules Dassin)
1955 – Ordet   (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
1955 – Lola Montès   (Max Ophüls)
1955 – The Swindle   (Federico Fellini)
1956 – Bob le Flambeur   (Jean-Pierre Melville)
1956 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers   (Don Siegel)
1956 – 7 Men from Now   (Budd Boetticher)
1956 – Forbidden Planet   (Fred M. Wilcox)
1956 – The Searchers   (John Ford)
1956 – The Killing   (Stanley Kubrick)
1956 – Aparajito   (Satyajit Ray)
1956 – The Red Balloon   (Albert Lamorisse)
1956 – The Harder They Fall   (Mark Robson)
1956 – Requiem for a Heavyweight   (Ralph Nelson)
1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai   (David Lean)
1957 – The Nights of Cabiria   (Federico Fellini)
1957 – The Seventh Seal   (Ingmar Bergman)
1957 – Sweet Smell of Success   (Alexander Mackendrick)
1957 – Paths of Glory   (Stanley Kubrick)
1957 – 12 Angry Men   (Sidney Lumet)
1957 – A Face in the Crowd   (Elia Kazan)
1957 – Witness for the Prosecution   (Billy Wilder)
1957 – Wild Strawberries   (Ingmar Bergman)
1957 – Throne of Blood   (Akira Kurosawa)
1957 – The Cranes Are Flying   (Mikhail Kalatozov)
1957 – A Man Escaped   (Robert Bresson)
1957 – Le Notti Bianche   (Luchino Visconti)
1958 – Mon Oncle   (Jacques Tati)
1958 – Jalsaghar   (Satyajit Ray)
1958 – Touch of Evil   (Orson Welles)
1958 – The Magician   (Ingmar Bergman)
1958 – The Hidden Fortress   (Akira Kurosawa)
1958 – A Night to Remember   (Roy Ward Baker)
1958 – Big Deal on Madonna Street   (Mario Monicelli)
1958 – Elevator to the Gallows   (Louis Malle)
1958 – Cairo Station   (Youssef Chahine)
1958 – Ashes and Diamonds   (Andrzej Wajda)
1959 – The 400 Blows   (François Truffaut)
1959 – Some Like It Hot   (Billy Wilder)
1959 – The Human Condition I: No Greater Love   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1959 – The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1959 – Ballad of a Soldier   (Grigoriy Chukhray)
1959 – The Bridge   (Bernhard Wicki)
1959 – Apur Sansar   (Satyajit Ray)
1959 – Our Man in Havana   (Carol Reed)
1960 – La Dolce Vita   (Federico Fellini)
1960 – Psycho   (Alfred Hitchcock)
1960 – The Virgin Spring   (Ingmar Bergman)
1960 – Elmer Gantry   (Richard Brooks)
1960 – Tunes of Glory   (Ronald Neame)
1960 – Le Trou   (Jacques Becker)
1960 – The League of Gentlemen   (Basil Dearden)
1960 – The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse   (Fritz Lang)
1961 – Yojimbo   (Akira Kurosawa)
1961 – Through a Glass Darkly   (Ingmar Bergman)
1961 – The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1961 – Viridiana   (Luis Buñuel)
1961 – Cash on Demand   (Quentin Lawrence)
1962 – Billy Budd   (Peter Ustinov)
1962 – Sanjuro   (Akira Kurosawa)
1962 – Harakiri   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1962 – Lolita   (Stanley Kubrick)
1962 – The Trial   (Orson Welles)
1962 – The Manchurian Candidate   (John Frankenheimer)
1962 – Jules and Jim   (François Truffaut)
1962 – To Kill a Mockingbird   (Robert Mulligan)
1962 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance   (John Ford)
1962 – Birdman of Alcatraz   (John Frankenheimer)
1962 – La Jetée   (Chris Marker)
1962 – Sundays and Cybèle   (Serge Bourguignon)
1962 – Requiem for a Heavyweight   (Ralph Nelson)
1962 – Days of Wine and Roses   (Blake Edwards)
1963 –   (Federico Fellini)
1963 – This Sporting Life   (Lindsay Anderson)
1963 – High and Low   (Akira Kurosawa)
1963 – Pour la suite du monde   (Michel Brault)
1963 – The Haunting   (Robert Wise)
1963 – Yukinojô henge   (Kon Ichikawa)
1963 – Billy Liar   (John Schlesinger)
1963 – I compagni   (Mario Monicelli)
1963 – Bay of Angels   (Jacques Demy)
1963 – The Big City   (Satyajit Ray)
1964 – Woman in the Dunes   (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
1964 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb   (Stanley Kubrick)
1964 – Onibaba   (Kaneto Shindô)
1964 – Seven Days in May   (John Frankenheimer)
1964 – Seance on a Wet Afternoon   (Bryan Forbes)
1964 – Charulata   (Satyajit Ray)
1964 – My Fair Lady   (George Cukor)
1964 – Kwaidan   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1964 – Nothing But a Man   (Michael Roemer)
1965 – Juliet of the Spirits   (Federico Fellini)
1965 – Repulsion   (Roman Polanski)
1965 – Red Beard   (Akira Kurosawa)
1965 – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold   (Martin Ritt)
1965 – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors   (Sergei Parajanov)
1965 – Chimes at Midnight (Falstaff)   (Orson Welles)
1966 – Persona   (Ingmar Bergman)
1966 – Closely Watched Trains   (Jirí Menzel)
1966 – The Battle of Algiers   (Gillo Pontecorvo)
1966 – Nayak   (Satyajit Ray)
1967 – War and Peace   (Sergei Bondarchuk)
1967 – In Cold Blood   (Richard Brooks)
1967 – Playtime   (Jacques Tati)
1967 – Marketa Lazarová   (Frantisek Vlácil)
1967 – Viy   (Konstantin Ershov)
1967 – Samurai Rebellion   (Masaki Kobayashi)
1968 – Romeo and Juliet   (Franco Zeffirelli)
1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey   (Stanley Kubrick)
1968 – Bullitt   (Peter Yates)
1968 – Once Upon a Time in the West   (Sergio Leone)
1968 – Rosemary’s Baby   (Roman Polanski)
1969 – Army of Shadows   (Jean-Pierre Melville)
1969 – The Sorrow and the Pity   (Marcel Ophüls)
1969 – Midnight Cowboy   (John Schlesinger)
1969 – Z   (Costa-Gavras)
1969 – Salesman   (Albert Maysles)
1970 – Goin’ Down the Road   (Donald Shebib)
1970 – Ryan’s Daughter   (David Lean)
1970 – Aranyer Din Ratri   (Satyajit Ray)
1970 – Patton   (Franklin J. Schaffner)
1971 – McCabe & Mrs. Miller   (Robert Altman)
1971 – Mon oncle Antoine   (Claude Jutra)
1971 – A Clockwork Orange   (Stanley Kubrick)
1971 – King Lear   (Grigori Kozintsev)
1972 – Aguirre, the Wrath of God   (Werner Herzog)
1972 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie   (Luis Buñuel)
1972 – Sleuth   (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1972 – The Seduction of Mimi   (Lina Wertmüller)
1973 – Amarcord   (Federico Fellini)
1973 – Day for Night   (François Truffaut)
1973 – Mean Streets   (Martin Scorsese)
1973 – Charley Varrick   (Don Siegel)
1973 – Magnum Force   (Ted Post)
1973 – The Day of the Jackal   (Fred Zinnemann)
1973 – O Lucky Man!   (Lindsay Anderson)
1973 – El espíritu de la colmena   (Víctor Erice)
1973 – Paper Moon   (Peter Bogdanovich)
1974 – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul   (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1975 – Nashville   (Robert Altman)
1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest   (Milos Forman)
1975 – Picnic at Hanging Rock   (Peter Weir)
1975 – Barry Lyndon   (Stanley Kubrick)
1975 – Dog Day Afternoon   (Sidney Lumet)
1975 – The Man Who Would Be King   (John Huston)
1975 – Seven Beauties   (Lina Wertmüller)
1976 – Eraserhead   (David Lynch)
1976 – The Outlaw Josey Wales   (Clint Eastwood)
1976 – Taxi Driver   (Martin Scorsese)
1976 – Harlan County U.S.A.   (Barbara Kopple)
1976 – Jana Aranya   (Satyajit Ray)
1977 – Annie Hall   (Woody Allen)
1977 – Sorcerer   (William Friedkin)
1977 – Killer of Sheep   (Charles Burnett)
1977 – Dersu Uzala   (Akira Kurosawa)
1977 – That Obscure Object of Desire   (Luis Buñuel)
1977 – The Ascent   (Larisa Shepitko)
1977 – The Chess Players   (Satyajit Ray)
1977 – Providence   (Alain Resnais)
1978 – Autumn Sonata   (Ingmar Bergman)
1978 – The Marriage of Maria Braun   (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1979 – Being There   (Hal Ashby)
1979 – Vengeance Is Mine   (Shohei Imamura)
1980 – Raging Bull   (Martin Scorsese)
1980 – The Shining   (Stanley Kubrick)
1980 – City of Women   (Federico Fellini)
1981 – Das Boot   (Wolfgang Petersen)
1982 – Blade Runner   (Ridley Scott)
1982 – The Verdict   (Sidney Lumet)
1982 – Koyaanisqatsi   (Godfrey Reggio)
1982 – Fanny and Alexander   (Ingmar Bergman)
1982 – Veronika Voss   (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1983 – The Right Stuff   (Philip Kaufman)
1983 – And the Ship Sails On   (Federico Fellini)
1983 – Narayama bushikô   (Shohei Imamura)
1983 – The Dresser   (Peter Yates)
1984 – Ghare-Baire   (Satyajit Ray)
1984 – Ghostbusters   (Ivan Reitman)
1985 – Ran   (Akira Kurosawa)
1985 – Runaway Train   (Andrey Konchalovskiy)
1985 – Brazil   (Terry Gilliam)
1985 – Back to the Future   (Robert Zemeckis)
1985 – Come and See   (Elem Klimov)
1986 – The Singing Detective   (Jon Amiel)
1986 – Jean de Florette   (Claude Berri)
1986 – Manon of the Spring   (Claude Berri)
1986 – Big Trouble in Little China   (John Carpenter)
1986 – Manhunter   (Michael Mann)
1986 – Ginger and Fred   (Federico Fellini)
1986 – Trial on the Road   (Aleksei German)
1987 – Wings of Desire   (Wim Wenders)
1987 – Nayakan   (Mani Ratnam)
1987 – Au Revoir les Enfants   (Louis Malle)
1987 – Babette’s Feast   (Gabriel Axel)
1987 – Predator   (John McTiernan)
1987 – The Dead   (John Huston)
1988 – Grave of the Fireflies   (Isao Takahata)
1988 – Heart of a Dog   (Vladimir Bortko)
1988 – Salaam Bombay!   (Mira Nair)
1988 – Hell Comes to Frogtown   (Donald G. Jackson)
1989 – Dekalog   (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1990 – Goodfellas   (Martin Scorsese)
1990 – Jacob’s Ladder   (Adrian Lyne)
1990 – Ju Dou   (Yimou Zhang)
1990 – My Mother’s Castle   (Yves Robert)
1991 – The Silence of the Lambs   (Jonathan Demme)
1991 – The Stranger   (Satyajit Ray)
1992 – Unforgiven   (Clint Eastwood)
1992 – Bad Lieutenant   (Abel Ferrara)
1993 – Lan feng zheng   (Zhuangzhuang Tian)
1993 – Farewell My Concubine   (Kaige Chen)
1993 – Groundhog Day   (Harold Ramis)
1993 – In the Name of the Father   (Jim Sheridan)
1993 – Much Ado About Nothing   (Kenneth Branagh)
1993 – Falling Down   (Joel Schumacher)
1993 – The Fugitive   (Andrew Davis)
1994 – Chungking Express   (Kar Wai Wong)
1994 – Ed Wood   (Tim Burton)
1994 – To Live   (Yimou Zhang)
1994 – Forrest Gump   (Robert Zemeckis)
1994 – The Shawshank Redemption   (Frank Darabont)
1994 – Burnt by the Sun   (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1994 – Vanya on 42nd Street   (Louis Malle)
1994 – Quiz Show   (Robert Redford)
1995 – La Haine   (Mathieu Kassovitz)
1995 – The Usual Suspects   (Bryan Singer)
1995 – Se7en   (David Fincher)
1995 – Underground   (Emir Kusturica)
1996 – Sling Blade   (Billy Bob Thornton)
1996 – Trainspotting   (Danny Boyle)
1996 – When We Were Kings   (Leon Gast)
1996 – Microcosmos   (Claude Nuridsany)
1996 – The Cable Guy   (Ben Stiller)
1997 – The Eel   (Shohei Imamura)
1997 – Donnie Brasco   (Mike Newell)
1997 – The Fifth Element   (Luc Besson)
1997 – Men in Black   (Barry Sonnenfeld)
1998 – The Big Lebowski   (Brothers Coen)
1998 – Festen   (Thomas Vinterberg )
1998 – Black Cat, White Cat   (Emir Kusturica)
1999 – Being John Malkovich   (Spike Jonze)
2000 – Requiem for a Dream   (Darren Aronofsky)
2000 – Yi Yi   (Edward Yang)
2000 – Amores Perros   (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
2000 – You Can Count on Me   (Kenneth Lonergan)
2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon   (Ang Lee)
2001 – Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner   (Zacharias Kunuk)
2002 – Russian Ark   (Aleksandr Sokurov)
2002 – City of God   (Fernando Meirelles)
2002 – Hero   (Yimou Zhang)
2002 – The Pianist   (Roman Polanski)
2002 – Infernal Affairs   (Wai-keung Lau)
2002 – Distant   (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
2003 – The Return   (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
2003 – The Triplets of Belleville   (Sylvain Chomet)
2003 – American Splendor   (Shari Springer Berman)
2003 – Dogville   (Lars von Trier)
2003 – Monster   (Patty Jenkins)
2003 – Oldeuboi   (Chan-wook Park)
2003 – The Best of Youth   (Marco Tullio Giordana)
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Shady Grove

Shady Grove my little miss
 Shady Grove my darling
 Shady Grove my little miss
 I’m going back to Harlan
 

 Every time I walk this road
 It’s always dark and cloudy
 Every time I see that girl
 I always tell her howdy
 

 If you see my little miss
 If you see my darling
 If you see my little miss
 Tell her I’m going to Harlan

Clarence Swanson

1904–1943 ?

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Homestead Records
No dates are given in the finding aid.

Swanson, Clarence: NE 5-34-02-W2
(Selmer has a homestead record for an adjacent quarter: NW 5-34-02-W2, so this is probably our Clarence. These locations are not near the town of Swanson.)

There do not seem to be any pertinent records in the Minnesota People Records Search, comprising birth records from 1900 to 1934, and death records from 1904 to 2001.

Minnesota Death Records – possible matches
Clarence H. died January 17, 1934, Hennepin County
Clarence. died , April 1, 1941, Ramsey County

Clarence was one of my father Roy Swanson‘s four brothers. My father recalled that their mother Theolene sometimes sent him (Roy) to bring Clarence back from a beer joint. He died of alcoholism, according to Roy.

My brother Jeff has heard that Clarence died in Chicago.

Clarence Swanson

Photos with Clarence

Clarence, Grant, and Roy Swanson as youths in undated photograph.
Clarence, Grant, and Roy Swanson as youths in undated photograph.
Theolene Swanson (neé Moen) and Roy (Russel?) Albert Swanson in front. Behind: Grant (1907-1966), Clarence (1904?-1943?), Selmer (1898-1985), Telford (1902-1989)

Possible photos with Clarence

In front, Roy, children (Telford’s ?), Telford. In back, Theolene, Clarence?
Unidentified 8×10 photo. Small octagonal embossing in lower right corner: REMEMBRANDT MINNEAPOLIS.

The Directory of Minnesota Photographers / Galleries and Studios lists a Remembrandt Grand Studio with a Minneapolis address. The studio operated from 1813 to 1923. Clarence would have been 19 in 1923 if he was born in 1904.

So-called God

D'un bond prodigieux Henrik s'élance vers la corde

We were relieved to hear that another particular god is dead. We heard it in the howl of the banshee, calling shipwrecked sailors to their doom. I who had the ears that let me hear remember grandpa saying, any dead god is a good god. Said they all eventually go down the pike to the home for the ungodly, where they enjoy a generous retirement package. 

Feat of Balancing on Chairs

Feat of balancing on chairs

Among the numerous physical exercises is the feat of balancing on the two rear legs of a chair while one foot rests on the front part of the seat and the other on the back of the chair. This may appear to be a hard thing to do, yet with a little practice it may be accomplished. This exercise is one of many practiced by the boys of a boys’ home for an annual display given by them. A dozen of the boys will mount chairs at the same time and keep them in balance at the word of a commanding officer.

The Boy Mechanic, vol 1.

Silage

Silos are potentially hazardous: deaths may occur in the process of filling and maintaining them, and several safety precautions are necessary. There is a risk of injury by machinery or from falls. When a silo is filled, fine dust particles in the air can become explosive because of their large aggregate surface area. 

Fermentation presents respiratory hazards. The ensiling process produces “silo gas” during the early stages of the fermentation process. Silage gas contains nitric oxide (NO), which will react with oxygen (O2) in the air to form nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is toxic. Lack of oxygen inside the silo can cause asphyxiation. 

Molds that grow when air reaches cured silage can cause organic dust toxic syndrome. 

Collapsing silage from large bunker silos has caused deaths.

Silage itself poses no special danger.

Dorks to donuts

I’ll bet you dorks to donuts that there’s nothing up my sleeve, and if there is, that you put it there.

And I’ll drop a dime on you if you spill those beans on the birds and the beeswax. Keep it all under your tinfoil hat. Don’t spoil the children’s surprises, lord knows we’ve left them a batch.

In the prenuptials they pledged to lick each other’s compass until the cows came home, if it got to that bearing. But he learned to speak Urgudu on the tom-tom when he heard there were some cool cats there, and that changed his whole way of looking at things. When the bottoms fell out of the pussy market he was the last to know.

Let them without pretensions utter the first scoff. And let them who ain’t stoned honor their vows.

Reservations

Hey you! Your pants are on fire!

Pay no tension to the curses of a crotchety old geezer. Blue as the lack of ball room, yet a faithful geezer. We reserve the right, as we lead with our left, to mock, malign, mortify, minimize, mess with, and misundersestimate:

  • folks from the funny farm, nut cases, the feeble minded
  • she who for her heirs left a loft to be desired
  • he who left his creditors a pretty penny
  • the hardly boys when they met the milky maidens

It is but right, however, to mention in the first place the plants whose discoverers can be found, with their properties classified according to the kinds of disease for which they are a remedy. To reflect indeed on this makes one pity the lot of the human.