Harvard Film PhD Program: Non-fiction Films

This is a suggested viewing list of non-fiction 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 Drugstore (Joris Ivens, 1980)
The Wall (Jürgen Böttcher, 1991)

NOTES
#19 is the seven part series Why We Fight which was mostly directed by Frank Capra. I have only listed the first episode (Prelude to War) for convenience. The other six episodes are as follows: The Nazis Strike, Divide and Conquer, The Battle of Britain, The Battle of Russia, The Battle of China, and War Comes to America.

  • Manhatta

    1

  • Nanook of the North

    2

  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

    3

  • Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

    4

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    5

  • The Steel Road

    6

  • Rain

    7

  • La croisière jaune

    8

  • Land Without Bread

    9

  • Housing Problems

    10

  • Night Mail

    11

  • The River

    12

  • The Spanish Earth

    13

  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    14

  • Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty

    15

  • The City

    16

  • The Eternal Jew

    17

  • Listen to Britain

    18

  • Why We Fight: Prelude to War

    19

  • Fires Were Started

    20

  • San Pietro

    21

  • Let There Be Light

    22

  • Blood of the Beasts

    23

  • Kon-Tiki

    24

  • In the Street

    25

  • Night and Fog

    26

  • We Are the Lambeth Boys

    27

  • Edward R. Murrow - Harvest of Shame

    28

  • Chronicle of a Summer

    29

  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    30

  • The Lovely Month of May

    31

  • 7 Up

    32

  • Point of Order!

    33

  • The War Game

    34

  • Dead Birds

    35

  • Triumph Over Violence

    36

  • Six in Paris

    37

  • The Anderson Platoon

    38

  • Primary

    39

  • Portrait of Jason

    40

  • Dont Look Back

    41

  • Titicut Follies

    42

  • Warrendale

    43

  • The Hour of the Furnaces

    44

  • Salesman

    45

  • The Inextinguishable Fire

    46

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    47

  • A Married Couple

    48

  • Hospital

    49

  • Woodstock

    50

  • Chung Kuo: China

    51

  • Grey Gardens

    52

  • The Ax Fight

    53

  • Mädchen in Wittstock

    54

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    55

  • Germany in Autumn

    56

  • The Battle of Chile: Part I

    57

  • The Battle of Chile: Part II

    58

  • The Battle of Chile: Part III

    59

  • Hitler: A Film from Germany

    60

  • Daughter Rite

    61

  • The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

    62

  • Talking Heads

    63

  • The Wedding Camels

    64

  • Lebensläufe - Die Geschichte der Kinder von Golzow in einzelnen Portraits

    65

  • A Man, When He Is a Man

    66

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    67

  • The Atomic Cafe

    68

  • Sans Soleil

    69

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    70

  • Far from Poland

    71

  • Sherman's March

    72

  • Shoah

    73

  • Tokyo-Ga

    74

  • Handsworth Songs

    75

  • Forest of Bliss

    76

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    77

  • The Thin Blue Line

    78

  • Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

    79

  • A Tale of the Wind

    80

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    81

  • Surname Viet Given Name Nam

    82

  • Roger & Me

    83

  • Countdown

    84

  • Tongues Untied

    85

  • 28 Up

    86

  • Paris Is Burning

    87

  • Black Harvest

    88

  • Videograms of a Revolution

    89

  • Lessons of Darkness

    90

  • From the East

    91

  • Hoop Dreams

    92

  • Forgotten Silver

    93

  • Amsterdam Global Village

    94

  • Megacities

    95

  • The Gleaners and I

    96

  • Bowling for Columbine

    97

  • To Be and to Have

    98

  • Bus 174

    99

  • The Fog of War

    100