A Meta-Reality (Layers of Film in Life and Life in Film)

A list to compile some of the best "meta" films out there. I'm going to be fairly liberal with the term and add examples of any type of film that blends layers of reality between the artistic product, it's production, and the reality in which we view that product. So it's not to be confused with the surrealistic type of reality blurring (although while not all surrealistic films are meta, meta films can be surrealistic) but more along the lines of anti-escapism (devices that make it clear you are watching a film). Films about filmmaking can be included to a certain extent (depending on the severity of how much filmmaking has to do with the film's content), films that break the fourth wall (although again I'm not including films that contain these examples to only a minor degree), documentaries that pose as fictional cinema or vice versa until reality is obscured, etc.

Refer to:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacinema

and

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metafiction

Recommendations are welcome.

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • A Moment of Innocence
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • 8½
  • Vanya on 42nd Street
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • The Act of Killing
  • Venus in Fur
  • After the Rehearsal
  • Birdman
  • Genre
  • F for Fake
  • JCVD
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • My Winnipeg
  • Mirror
  • Epidemic
  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • The Mirror
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Barton Fink
  • La Belle Noiseuse
  • A Tale of the Wind
  • Camera Buff
  • Paper Flowers
  • Day for Night
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Close-Up
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Adaptation.
  • Contempt
  • Waking Life
  • Holy Motors
  • Mulholland Drive
  • La Chinoise
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Stories We Tell
  • Awakening of the Beast
  • The Mystery of Picasso
  • Reconstruction
  • The Vampires of Poverty
  • The Mill and the Cross
  • Our Beloved Month of August
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • I Am Curious (Blue)
  • The Last Movie
  • Orlando
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?
  • Punishment Park
  • Irma Vep
  • Fall Guy
  • Glory to the Filmmaker!
  • Road to Nowhere
  • Millennium Actress
  • Perfect Blue
  • The Congress
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Living in Oblivion
  • Get Shorty
  • Inland Empire
  • The Last Film
  • When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
  • The Cameraman
  • After the Fox
  • Man on Wire
  • This Is Not a Film
  • Closed Curtain
  • To Each His Own Cinema
  • American Splendor
  • Funny Games
  • The Pornographer
  • The Girl Chewing Gum
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • San Diego Surf
  • Hedy
  • Hard to Be a God
  • Medium Cool
  • More Scenes from a Gay Marriage
  • Broken Down Film
  • Rubber
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Full Frontal
  • Last Action Hero
  • The Untitled Karthik Krishnan Project
  • The Five Obstructions
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Rejected
  • You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  • Double Suicide
  • The Mattei Affair
  • R100