YouTube Videos


Here are YouTube links for most of the early films I'll be referring to in class. (Just in case anyone has been living under a rock since 2005 and is unfamiliar with YouTube, you might want to check out Michael Wesch's An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, which was presented at the Library of Congress in June 2008.) The resolution of YouTube clips isn't always the best, but at least you'll be able to get a sense of the films in the comfort of your own home! Clips are sometimes removed from YouTube, so it's possible that some of these links may eventually stop working. If that happens, please let me know, and I'll try to come up with replacement links. Enjoy!


Early Film History


• a program of Lumiere Brothers’ shorts

• Georges Méliès’ A TRIP TO THE MOON

(if you'd like to see the influence which the past can have on the present, check out this music video for the Smashing Pumpkins’ "Tonight, Tonight")


• the 1915 trailer for D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION

• Mack Sennett’s KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE (with Charlie Chaplin, 1914)

• part 1 of Fatty Arbuckle’s THE BUTCHER BOY (with Buster Keaton, 1917)

• part 1 of Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY LAST (1923)

• excerpts from Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR. (1924)

• the "Oceana Roll" from Charlie Chaplin’s THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

• Harry Langdon’s THE STRONG MAN (1926)

• Charlie Chaplin’s final speech from THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)

• Chaplin and Keaton appeared together only once, in Chaplin’s LIMELIGHT (1952)

• here are links to watch and/or download many of Buster Keaton’s films


German Expressionism and Soviet Dialecticism


• Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919)

• clips from F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922)

• the opening scenes from F.W. Murnau’s THE LAST LAUGH (1924)

• partial footage from the Kuleshov effect

• the "Odessa Steps" sequence from Sergei Eisenstein’s BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)


The Development of Film Sound


• an experimental sound film by W.K.L. Dickson (1895)

• Talkie and Mutie explain how sound technology works in a cartoon by Max Fleischer (1929)

• Al Jolson sings “Mammy” in THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

• Donald O’Connor’s “Make ’Em Laugh” number from SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)

• in SYNCHROMY (1971), Norman McLaren actually drew the soundtrack right onto the film


A Study in Genre: The Musical


• a musical number from Best Picture BROADWAY MELODY (1929)

• a Busby Berkeley production number from FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1932)

• the trailer for Best Picture THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936)

• a musical number from Best Picture nominee YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

• Gene Kelly dances with a mop in THOUSANDS CHEER (1943)

• Astaire and Kelly dance together in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1946)

• a musical number from Best Picture AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

• Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling in ROYAL WEDDING (1951)

• a musical number from Best Picture GIGI (1958)

• a musical number from Best Picture WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

• a musical number from Best Picture MY FAIR LADY (1964)

• a musical number from Best Picture THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

• a musical number from Best Picture OLIVER! (1968)

• a musical number from Best Picture CHICAGO! (2002)


Orson Welles


• a 1930s newsreel report on Welles’ all-black stage production of MACBETH

• the theatrical trailer for CITIZEN KANE (1941)

• a scene from THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)

• a scene from THE STRANGER (1946)

• the funhouse scene from THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947)

• the opening tracking shot from TOUCH OF EVIL (1948)

• Welles returns to Shakespeare, starring in and directing MACBETH (1948)

• a clip from OTHELLO (1952)

• the scorpion scene from MR. ARKADIN (1955)

• a fascinating interview with Welles (1960)

• the climactic trial scene from THE TRIAL (1962)

• Welles, a talented magician, levitates Lucille Ball on I LOVE LUCY (1956)

• a clip from CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1965)

• Welles and Oja Kodar in a scene from Welles’ last completed film, F FOR FAKE (1974)

• a clip from Welles’ unreleased final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (1972)

• late in life, Welles was best known for his work in television commercials, such as this one for Nashua copiers (1985)

• Finally, just for fun, start out by listening to Welles argue with the director about the script for a commercial for frozen peas, follow that with this quick clip from the animated series The Critic, and then finish up with this legendary episode of Pinky and the Brain.


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