This blog is part of the courses on film, art, literature, and media
given by Dr.
Hudson Moura, Toronto, Canada.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Metacinema is literally cinema about cinema, which self-consciously comments on films and the making and watching of them. These self-reflective, multi-layered stories can be about a writer trying to write a screenplay, a filmmaker trying to make a film, a spectator trying to watch a film, or even a character recognizing that they are a character within a film. Metacinema often blurs the lines between fiction and reality and ultimately poses questions about writing, spectatorship, and films in general.

 (ITA, 1962) dir. Federico Fellini
A Star is Born (USA, 1954) dir. George Cukor
Adaptation (USA, 2002)
 dir. Spike Jonze
Ararat (CAN, 2003) dir. Atom Egoyan
Broken Embraces (2009) dir. Pedro Almodovar
Caro Diario (ITA, 1993) dir. Nanni Moretti
Cecil B. Demented (USA, 2000) dir. John Waters
Cinema Paradiso (ITA, 1988) dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
Day for Night (FRA, 1973) dir. François Truffaut
Deconstructing Harry (USA, 1997) dir. Woody Allen
Ed Wood (USA, 1994) dir. Tim Burton
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Doc, USA, 1991) dir. Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Doc, FRA, 2009) dir. Serge Bromberg Ruxandra Medrea
Intervista (ITA, 1987) dir. Federico Fellini
Irma Vep (FRA, 1994) dir. Olivier Assayas
La Dolce Vita (ITA, 1963) dir Federico Fellini
Life and Nothing More… (IRAN, 1992) dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Living in Oblivion
 (USA, 1995) dir. Tom DiCillo
Man Bites Dog (BEL, 1992) dir. Rémy Belvaux
Notebook on cities and clothes (GER/FRA, 1989) dir. Wim Wenders
 (SUE, 1966) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Salaam Cinema (IRAN, 1995); dir Moshen Makhmalbaf
Shadow of the Vampire (UK, 2000) dir. E. Elias Merhige
Singing in the Rain (U.S., 1952); dir Stanley Donen
Stranger than Fiction
 (USA, 2006) dir. Marc Foster
Synecdoche, New York (USA, 2008)
dir. Charlie Kaufman
Contempt (FRA, 1963) dir. Jean-Claude Godard
The French Lieutenant's Woman (USA, 1981) dir. Karel Reisz
The Last Tyccon (USA, 1976) dir. Elia Kazan
The Player (USA, 1992) dir. Robert Altman
The Purple Rose of Cairo (USA, 1985); dir. Woody Allen
The State of Things (GER, 1982) dir. Wim Wenders
Through the Olive Trees (IRAN, 1994) dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Ulysses Gaze (GRE, 1998) dir. Theo Angelopoulos
Voyage in Time (Documentary, ITA/RUS, 1983) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra

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