Summer Viewing List: (Almost) a Century of Cinema!

Lilabet Johnstongil, ’15

A movie from every decade from the ’20s onwards!

Metropolis (1927): Set in 2030 but made in 1925, this German film imagines a world sharply divided into two classes and one woman’s attempt to unite them. Also featuring robots and mad scientists!

M (1931): A serial child killer (played by Peter Lorre!) is hunted by the law and his fellow criminals.

The Big Sleep (1946): Private Detective Philip Marlow takes on a blackmail case, only to get wrapped up in a much deeper scandal. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall talk fast and (spoiler alert) fall in love!

Rashomon (1950): After a samurai’s dead body is found in the woods, several witnesses are called upon, each giving a different version of the story. This movie has beautiful cinematography and is widely considered to be Kurosawa’s masterpiece.

Yellow Submarine (1968): animated versions of the Beatles travel to a fantasy world called Pepperland in order to save it from the Blue Meanies. Featuring brightly colored, trippy animation and a 100% Beatles soundtrack!

Annie Hall (1977): Woody Allen plays himself in this story about a love affair gone wrong. Featuring a very young Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985): The plot of this movie is very difficult to summarize but involves jewel thievery! 80’s New York! Madonna! Identity switching! Really, really cool jackets!

Thelma and Louise (1990): Two best friends hit the road after killing a man in self-defense. Warning: you will probably cry.

Wayne’s World (1992): Two dudes’ public access cable show, Wayne’s World, gets picked up by a executive who intends to exploit it!! If you like semi-stoner comedies with excellent one-liners and really bad hair, watch this movie. Even if you don’t like that stuff, watch it anyway.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001): The estranged father of a family of child prodigies pretends to be dying in order to reunite with his family in one of the coolest movie houses ever. Widely considered to be Wes Anderson’s masterpiece.


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