While there are some who claim you don’t need film school at all to appreciate and understand the form (see Werner Herzog), for those who do want to a guide to the 100-year-plus history of the movies, there are plenty of places to go. You can make your parents proud, go to university, and get a degree, or you can carve out your own path and check out the countless books, lists, online courses, and other resources to explore the cinematic “canon.” But what about the movies that don’t get cited alongside the usual “classics”? Well Fandor has put together a guide that should make cinephiles swoon.
“An Alternative Guide To The History Of Cinema 1894-2013” is exactly that, a 30-page-or-so guide to the movies that are well off the radar, but no less influential. But don’t think it’s just a bunch of obscure filmmakers here. Works by Wong Kari-wai, Fritz Lang, Luschino Visconti, Sergei Eisenstein, and many more are featured, and each film gets a write up about what makes it an essential part of cinema. You can try to track down all the movies on your own, but it might just be easier to sign up for Fandor now, which has them all available for streaming with a click of the mouse. Read on below…..