8 Best Film to Analyze for Film Class


Entertainment is what we all search for. Today, there are so many options, that we have shifted our interest from one source of entertainment to the other, but what remains constant for years and isn’t getting old, are films. Films and drama are not just a source of entertainment; it changes our thinking, perspective, brings a revolution, etc. Films are also used for research. Today we will talk about top films worldwide that can be used for analysis during a film class.

For years now, films worldwide have evolved to a great extent, whether we talk about the content it delivers, visual effects, lightning, dialogues, etc. Still, some films were time ahead and are used by film enthusiasts to analyze during a film class. Films made in the past were made under a lot of labor hours, and lack of equipment made these film analyses worthy. A film that delivers something new, revolutionary, created an impact amongst the audience, and brought a change in the film industry falls into this category of analysis.

The top films used for analysis during a film class are The birth of a nation, Bicycle thieves, Pather Panchali, The Cabinet of Dr.Caligiri, Nanook of the North, Greed, The General, Mughal-e- Azam, Metropolis, Mother, Napoleon. 

Let’s dig deep into these films and discuss what different these films deliver.

Top 8 films for analysis during a film class

Following are the top 8 films for analysis during a film class; these films have something different.

# The Birth of a Nation (1915)

# The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Source: History.com

D.W. Griffith directs the Birth of a Nation in 1913-1914, and it was released in the year 1915. The birth of a nation is based on the Civil War situation and the family friends standing against each other because of the opposing armies.

The birth of a nation is based on the authentic experience which two friends share during a war. It is a silent drama based on history and Romance. The duration of the film is 193min approx.

It has received awards like Locarno International Film Festival in 1995 and National Film Preservation Board in 1992.

#Bicycle Thieves (1948)

#Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Source: Decent Films

Me being a film student gets fascinated every time I watch Bicycle Thieves. This film is one of the remarkable production in Italian Neo-realism. Vittorio De Sica directed this film.

Bicycle Thieves has inspired many students during their film course to become filmmakers, and they are doing great in their carrier. It was added in Cannes Classics in 2018. It was honored with Academy Honorary Award in the year 1950. Awards from Locarno International Film Festival 1949 under the Special Jury award and the 2018 San Sebastian International Film Festival Award were added to its long list.

It’s a hands-down recommendation for all film school enthusiasts and film students.

#Pather Panchali (1955)

It was directed by one of the revolutionary filmmakers from India, Satyajit Ray. It was Satyajit’s first creation. Pather Panchali is a Bengali film, one of the languages spoken by most East Indians in India. Despite the language barrier for so many big names in the movie, this film astonished them with its emotion, story, and direction, of course.

Pather Panchali has a dramatic arch in the story but also in its making. It took Ray to make this piece in 3 years because of the lack of funds initially. The music score is phenomenal as it is composed by Ravi Shankar, another name in the music world.

It has received Best Human Document (1956), Special Mention: OCIC Award (1956), Director’s Fortnight (1995) at Cannes Film Festival. It bagged Selznick Golden Laurel for Best Film in Berlin Film Festival (1957). It is believed to be one of the most fantastic films in the World’s History.

#The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

#The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Source: Letterboxd

Robert Wiene directed the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in the year 1920. This film will deliver film students to analyze the horror fantasy made in a silent zone. This film is impressive in its cinematic way. It has the most challenging genre to deliver, along with no dialogues. This film proved to be a landmark in the film world.

The film revolves around sanity and madness, which it represents in a silent mode along with the elements taken such as Gothic, shade, and light into consideration. It bagged awards in Berlin Film Festival (1985- 1988-1989-2014), Torino Film Festival (2019), Sitges- Catalonian International Film Festival (2020)

This is a classic horror film that helps you dissect the genre.

# Nanook of the North (1922)

# Nanook of the North (1922)
Source: Roger Ebert

It is directed by the filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty, which documents the hunter’s conditions. The film director spent his year or two generating the bits for the film alongside the hunters in the unwanted states at the Hudson Bay in Canada.

This documentary is considered as the father of all the documentaries and received awards in Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (1990-1996-1999-2008), National Film Registry at National Film Preservation Board (1989), and also Locarno International Film Festival(1950).

#Greed (1924)

#Greed (1924)
Source: Britannica

Directed by filmmaker Erich von Stroheim in the year 1924, this American film is well known for the silent drama it delivers. It is based on the emotion and feeling of greed, which every human goes through.

The film is based on the lives of three particulars who get involved in the greed of winning money and end up ruining their lives. It has received awards such National Film Registry in the year 1991 at National Film Preservation Board. 

It was also re-watched in the year 1994 at Berlin Film Festival.

#The General (1926)

#The General (1926)
Source: IMDb

Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman directed it in the year 1926. The General is based on the Civil beak out and its effects. The protagonist of the film experience the robbery of his steam engine, and the story is about how he gets it back.

This film revolves around the genres like Action, Adventure, and Comedy and sets its base and inclination more towards the Action genre. The Balance in the movie is very clever and worth watching.

It received honors like screening at Cannes Film Festival in the year 2013, Berlin Film Festival (1995), International Film Festival Rotterdam (1988), and also Sao Paulo International Film Festival (2016).

#Mughal- e -Azam (1960)

#Mughal- e -Azam (1960)
Source: The Wire

Directed by K. Asif in the year 1960 based on the emperor of Mughals and the love interest of Prince Saleem with Courtesan Anarkali. This film revolves around the themes like musical, Drama, and Romance.

The magnum and royalty of this film can make you fall in love with each character of the film. This film was believed to bring the defined discrimination in the society beautifully.

It backs screening in International Film Festival Rotterdam (2006) and India’s prestigious 8th National Film Award. It has music, drama, and spectacular culture to offer.

These were some of the top and best films for film analysis for film grads. If you are a physicist and love watching movies, you can watch these films or read about Best Films for Physics students to watch.

Vansh Sharma
Vansh Sharma
Graduate in Journalism and Mass Media. For me, writing is a free flow of thoughts and opinions that brings reality in a formative way. I am a keen observer of society and nature, hence my writing shares a dramatic arch with deep rationale. Writing and reading make me think deeper and help me draw a contrast to understand better. I have written research papers and am on the verge to complete more. You can walk with me from Cinema, lifestyle & everyday speculations to technology, health, and education.


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