Required Filmography for Yale Graduate Students

Silent Shorts

Before the Nickelodeon
The Great Train Robbery (Porter, 1903)
A Trip to the Moon (Méliès, 1902)
The Lonely Villa (Griffith, 1909)

Silent Features

The Cheat (DeMille, 1915)
Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915)
Within Our Gates (Micheaux, 1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920)
Sherlock Junior (Keaton, 1924)
Nosferatu (Murnau, 1921)
Metropolis (Lang, 1925)
Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)
Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)

Sound Features


The Jazz Singer (Crosland, 1927)
Blonde Venus (von Sternberg, 1932)
It Happened One Night (Capra, 1934)
Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Stagecoach (Ford, 1939)
His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940)
Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
Singin’ in the Rain (Donen and Kelly, 1952)
The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1969)
Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1969)
Sweet, Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Van Peebles, 1971)
Badlands (Malick, 1973)
The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)


M (Lang, 1930)
A Nous la liberté (Clair, 1931)
L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
Paisà (Rossellini, 1946)
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1947)
La dolce vita (Fellini, 1959)
Hiroshima Mon Amor (Resnais, 1959)
Pickpocket (Bresson, 1960)
Vivre sa vie (Godard, 1962)
Playtime (Tati, 1966)
Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966)
Persona (Bergman, 1966)
Loves of a Blonde (Forman, 1966)
Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1966)
The Red and the White (Jansco, 1967)
Aguirre the Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972)
Ali Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, 1974)

World Cinema

Sisters of the Gion (Mizoguchi, 1936)
María Candelaria (Fernández, México, 1943)
Los Olivados (Buñuel, México, 1950)
Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
Panther Panchli (Ray, 1955)
Cruel Story of Youth (Oshima, 1960)
Black God, White Devil (Rocha, 1964)
Black Girl (Sembene, 1966)
Double Suicide (Shinoda, 1969)
Sholay (Sippi, 1973)
Touki Bouki (Mambety, 1972)


Nanook of the North (Flaherty, 1922)
Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929)
Land without Bread (Bunuel, 1932)
Night and Fog (Resnais, 1956)
Primary (Leacock, 1960)
Chronicle of a Summer (Rouch & Morin, 1961)
The Sorrow and the Pity (Ophuls, 1969)


Entr’acte (Clair/Picabia, 1924)
Ballet Mecanique (Dudley Murphy, Fernand Léger, 1924)
Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel/Dali, 1928)
Colour Box (Len Lye, 1935)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1944)
Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones, 1953)
Dog Star Man (Prelude), Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, 1961)

New Voices 1977–1990

Killer of Sheep (Burnett, 1978)
Illusions (Dash, 1982)
A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Hou Hsiou-Hsien, Taiwan, 1985)
When Father Was Away on Business (Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1985)
Yeelen (Cissé, Mali, 1987)
Where is the Friend’s House (Kiarostami, Iran, 1988)
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, PRC, 1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, USA, 1989)