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April 6, 2012 10:41 AM
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10 Movies About Movies For the Release of Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole'

Guy Maddin's surreal black-and-white noir "Keyhole" hits theaters today with the same grand pastiche we've come to expect from the Canadian director over the years. As Indiewire explored in a piece earlier this week, Maddin's movies aren't simply filled with random weirdness, but rather inspired by countless movies from the silent era and beyond. In honor of Maddin's persistent ability to deal with cinema in his own works, we offer this list of some of our favorite movies about movies. 
"Keyhole"
Guy Maddin's surreal black-and-white noir "Keyhole" hits theaters today with the same grand pastiche we've come to expect from the Canadian director over the years.
 
As Indiewire explored in a piece earlier this week, Maddin's movies aren't simply filled with random weirdness, but rather inspired by countless movies from the silent era and beyond.
 
In honor of Maddin's persistent ability to deal with cinema in his own works, we offer this chronological list of some of our favorite movies about movies. 
 
"8 1/2" (1963)
 
"8 1/2" (1963)
 
The ultimate paean to filmmaking as a personal act, Federico Fellini's seminal work about self-obsessed Italian director memorably portrayed by Marcello Mastroianni makes the best possible case for why no creative work is devoid of autobiographical qualities. As one sifts through the lead character's fantasies as well as his increasingly reflexive sci-fi project, it becomes blatantly obvious that "8 1/2" is about nothing less than Fellini himself, not to mention every neurotic filmmaker in history. [Eric Kohn]
The ultimate paean to filmmaking as a personal act, Federico Fellini's seminal work about self-obsessed Italian director memorably portrayed by Marcello Mastroianni makes the best possible case for why no creative work is devoid of autobiographical qualities. As one sifts through the lead character's fantasies as well as his increasingly reflexive sci-fi project, it becomes blatantly obvious that "8 1/2" is about nothing less than Fellini himself, not to mention every neurotic filmmaker in history. [Eric Kohn]
 
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  • H. S Bayer | April 18, 2012 3:22 AMReply

    "Living in Oblivion", "This is Not a Film","Boogie Nights", "The Heck With Hollywood", hopefully something I make someday...

  • bob hawk | April 7, 2012 6:10 AMReply

    Yes, DAY FOR NIGHT is an essential title. Some others not yet mentioned: ADAPTATION, THE AVIATOR, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, BARTON FINK, THE BIG KNIFE, THE BIG PICTURE, BURDEN OF DREAMS, THE CAMERAMAN, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, CHAPLIN, CONTEMPT, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, ED WOOD, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, INLAND EMPIRE, INSIDE DAISY CLOVER, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, THE LAST TYCOON, THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, THE MIRROR CRACK'D, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, SILENT MOVIE, S.O.B., STARDUST MEMORIES, THE STUNT MAN, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, TROPIC THUNDER, TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, THE WILD PARTY -- and on and on (it's late). Some are trashy guilty pleasures, but delicious -- others are just damn good (or very bad). P.S. It's SINGIN' (not 'Singing') IN THE RAIN.

  • Huffy | April 7, 2012 1:23 AMReply

    Small error-Mulholland Drive came out in 2001, not 2011.

  • Bill | April 6, 2012 5:35 PMReply

    Please add
    Hugo, and Singing in the Rain

  • miguel | April 6, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    living in oblivion

  • Bill millstein | April 6, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Dark gray type on blacj bg is impossible to read!!! Nice try..

  • Howard | April 6, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    A list made by someone who has absolutely no sense of film history. The author includes such films as Mommie Dearest and Gods and Monsters, but omits such films as Day for Night (perhaps the greatest or second greatest film made about movie making), Sunset Boulevard and the Judy Garland version of A Star is Born. Really?

  • andrew | April 6, 2012 12:05 PMReply

    no Day for Night?

  • Tomris Laffly | April 6, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    Great list!! The best movie about movies I've seen in the last few years... (relax, it's not The Artist) is THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN by Mia Hansen-Løve. Just saying. :)

  • Tomris Laffly | April 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    Special character got messed up above. Meant to say: "Mia Hansen-Love"