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Humanities—Library Resources: Films and Videos
A guide to conducting research in the arts and humanities at Miami Dade College (MDC), including faculty resources, information about MDC’s humanities collection, and links to Web-based resources.
Brooklyn by John Crowley (Director)From IMDb: "An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within."
La La Land by Damien Chazelle (Writer and Director)Oscars awarded to Emma Stone (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role), Damien Chazelle (Best Achievement in Directing), and Linus Sandgren (Best Achievement in Cinematography). From IMBb: "While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future."
12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen (Director)Oscar Winner - Best Motion Picture of the Year (2013). Additional Oscars awarded to Lupita Nyong'o (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and John Ridley (Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay). From IMDb: "In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery."
Brigsby Bear by Dave McCary (Director)From IMDb (per Brigsby Bear Productions): "Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself."
Publication Date: 2017
Kurt Cobain About a Son by AJ Schnack (Director)From IMDb: "In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts."
Publication Date: 2006
Franz Welser-Möst: Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 by Felix Breisach (Director)Allan Kozinn wrote in The New York Times in 1999 that "what pours forth from . . . [Bruckner's Symphony No. 5] is a sense of triumph over adversity. Melancholy string themes and tragic full-orchestra chordal passages give way to sumptuous brass chorales, and Bruckner's final word is an emphatic, bright-hued statement of the chorale."
2 Days in Paris by Julie Delpy (Writer and Director)Nominated for "Independent Spirit Award" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and "Best Original Screenplay" at the Cesar Awards. "Julie Delpy's and Adam Goldberg's performances are so assured and spontaneous that they don't even seem to be acting." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Publication Date: 2007
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down by Pedro Almodóvar (Director, Screenplay, Story)A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodovar's international sensation Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the world's most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director's great cinematographer, Jose Luis Alcaine.
Publication Date: 1989
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour (Director)A solitary female vampire (Sheila Vand) stalks the streets of Bad City, a place overrun with crime, drugs and despair. Meanwhile, hardworking Arash (Arash Marandi) cares for his heroin-addicted father while attempting to comply with a local drug dealer and struggling to make ends meet. When the vampire and Arash meet, a bizarre relationship begins.
Publication Date: 2014
Cleo From 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda (Writer and Director)Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, Cleo From 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid verite and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Publication Date: 1962
Cronos by Guillermo Del Toro (Writer and Director)Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully crude and deranged Ron Perlman).
A Letter to Momo by Hiroyuki Okiura (Director)Nominated for Best Animated feature at the Annie Awards and winner of Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. "Stunning!" - Variety
Tortilla Soup by Maria Ripoll (Director)Winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Elizabeth Pena) and nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Director in a Motion Picture at the ALMA Awards. Winner of Best Theatrical Feature Film at the Imagen Foundation Awards. From IMDb: "A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life."
Publication Date: 2001
Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders (Director)New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother in Los Angeles, and his missing wife.
Danton by Andrzej Wajda (Director)Powerful story about the ethical boundaries of power and leadership, which had many parallels to Poland's volatile political situation in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Publication Date: 1982
Vivre Sa Vie by Jean-Luc Godard (Director and Story)Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances.
Publication Date: 1962
Playtime by Jacques Tati (Director)Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris.
Publication Date: 1967
Kanal by Andrzej Wajda (Director)Based on true events, Kanal was the first film ever made about the Warsaw Uprising and brought director Andrzej Wajda to the attention of international audiences, earning the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 1957.
Publication Date: 1957
Modern Times by Charles Chaplin (Writer and Director)With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times -- though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!) -- is a timeless showcase of Chaplin's untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.
The Piano by Jane Campion (Writer and Director)Oscars awarded to Holly Hunter (Best Actress in a Leading Role); Anna Paquin (Best Actress in a Supporting Role); and Jane Campion (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen). From IMDb: "A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation."
Publication Date: 1993
Get Out by Jordan Peele (Writer and Director)Oscar awarded to Jordan Peele (Best Original Screenplay). From IMDb: "A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point."
A Single Man by Tom Ford (Director)From IMDb: "An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles."
Publication Date: 2009
Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins (Director)From IMDb: "When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny."
Publication Date: 2017
Jurassic World by Colin Trevorrow (Director)From IMDb: "A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree."
Publication Date: 2015
Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (Writer and Director)Oscars awarded to Guillermo Navarro (Best Achievement in Cinematography); Eugenio Caballero and Pilar Revuelta (Best Achievement in Art Direction); and David Martí and Montse Ribé (Best Achievement in Makeup). From IMDb: "In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world."
Publication Date: 2006
The Aviator by Martin Scorsese (Director)Oscars awarded to Cate Blanchett (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role); Robert Richardson (Best Achievement in Cinematography); Thelma Schoonmaker (Best Achievement in Film Editing); Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo (Best Achievement in Art Direction); and Sandy Powell (Best Achievement in Costume Design). From IMDb: "A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s."
Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg (Director)Oscars include Steven Spielberg (Best Director) and Janusz Kaminski (Janusz Kaminski ). From IMDb: "Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action."
Publication Date: 1998
Jaws by Steven Spielberg (Director)Oscars include John Williams (Best Music, Original Dramatic Score) and Verna Fields (Best Film Editing). From IMDb: "A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort."