Harvard Film PhD Program: Narrative Films

This is a suggested viewing list of narrative films for the Film and Visual Studies PhD offered by Harvard University. The films are in rough chronological order.

More information is available at the website: www.ves.fas.harvard.edu/fvs_readings.html

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  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Tables Turned on the Gardener
  • Baby's Meal
  • The Vanishing Lady
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Kingdom of Fairies
  • The Magic Lantern
  • The Impossible Voyage
  • Annabelle Serpentine Dance
  • The Kiss
  • Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory
  • Electrocuting an Elephant
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz
  • Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King
  • Circular Panorama of Electric Tower
  • Pan-American Exposition by Night
  • Life of an American Fireman
  • Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Gay Shoe Clerk
  • A Romance of the Rail
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The 'Teddy' Bears
  • The Lonely Villa
  • A Corner in Wheat
  • His Trust
  • The Lonedale Operator
  • The New York Hat
  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley
  • The Battle of Elderbush Gulch
  • The Cabbage-Patch Fairy
  • A House Divided
  • Cabiria
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Les vampires
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • The Cheat
  • The Immigrant
  • The Outlaw and His Wife
  • Broken Blossoms
  • Sunnyside
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Blot
  • Nosferatu
  • By the Law
  • Häxan
  • Foolish Wives
  • Safety Last!
  • Kino Eye
  • The Last Laugh
  • Greed
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Saga of Gosta Berling
  • L'Inhumaine
  • The Iron Horse
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Gold Rush
  • Body and Soul
  • The Joyless Street
  • The General
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • Mother
  • A Page of Madness
  • Metropolis
  • The End of St. Petersburg
  • Napoleon
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Jazz Singer
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • L'Argent
  • The Crowd
  • Storm Over Asia
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Under the Roofs of Paris
  • Earth
  • The Blue Angel
  • L'Age d'Or
  • Borderline
  • M
  • The Exile
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • Zero for Conduct
  • Christopher Strong
  • El compadre Mendoza
  • L'Atalante
  • The Crime of Monsieur Lange
  • The 39 Steps
  • Modern Times
  • Sisters of the Gion
  • Grand Illusion
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Le Jour se Lève
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Jud Süß
  • Citizen Kane
  • Day of Wrath