kierkegaardian's favorite short films

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1. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Not Rated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Votes: 32,927 | Gross: $0.98M

2. Powers of Ten (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Star: Philip Morrison

Votes: 1,934

3. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 26,314

4. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

Directors: Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols | Stars: The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman, Charlie Parlota, Bill Thompson

Votes: 1,177

5. Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bosko is a soda jerk, who gives poor service to a mouse and to his former schoolteacher. Later, he must contend with Honey's bratty kitten pupil.

Director: Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 121

6. A Dream Walking (1934)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Popeye and Bluto each wants to save Olive as she sleepwalks onto a construction site. But most of their efforts go into preventing each other from being the hero.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel | Stars: William Costello, William Pennell, Mae Questel

Votes: 328

7. One A.M. (1916)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family, Short

A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Albert Austin

Votes: 2,593

8. Neighbors (1920)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Jack Duffy, The Flying Escalantes

Votes: 3,295

9. The Cook (1918)

22 min | Comedy, Short

Cooks make hovoc in seaside resort hotel.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake

Votes: 1,149

10. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5,125

11. Ménilmontant (1926)

38 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff | Stars: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Yolande Beaulieu, Guy Belmont, Jean Pasquier

Votes: 1,941

12. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 41,880

13. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 9,447

14. The Music Box (1932)

Approved | 29 min | Comedy, Short

Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dinah, Billy Gilbert

Votes: 6,094

15. Hold Anything (1930)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bosko is a construction worker who impresses Honey by making music from everything in sight, including a decapitated mouse, a typewriter and a goat filled with hot air.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 177

17. Tchou-tchou (1972)

14 min | Short, Family

A fantasy where children's building blocks and music effects do everything. Blocks represent the make-believe city and the two children who play in it. Blocks even act out the story when an... See full summary »

Director: Co Hoedeman

Votes: 60

18. ...No Lies (1973)

R | 16 min | Short, Drama

A young filmmaking student turns his camera on a female friend as she gets ready to go out for the night. His questions strip away the young woman's defenses, and soon she reveals her ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Block | Stars: Shelby Leverington, Alec Hirschfeld

Votes: 337

19. Perfect Day (1929)

Passed | 19 min | Short, Comedy

Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys

Votes: 1,223

20. Window Water Baby Moving (1959)

13 min | Documentary, Short

Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena.

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Myrrena Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,969

21. Talking Heads (1995)

16 min | Documentary, Short

People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Votes: 2,192

22. Elephant (1989 TV Short)

Not Rated | 39 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small

Votes: 1,865

23. One Week (1920)

TV-G | 25 min | Short, Comedy

A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts

Votes: 6,111

24. The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,307

25. The Mascot (1933)

26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A stuffed animal goes on a journey through frightening streets to get its kid an orange.

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 1,354

26. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 14,884

27. The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Romance

A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, Michèle Girardon, Fred Junck

Votes: 3,164

28. Don Sajn (1971)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Frantisek Filipovský

Votes: 378

29. Liquid Crystals (1978)

6 min | Short

A microscopic view of liquid crystals morphing into various shapes.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 321

30. Le village de Namo - Panorama pris d'une chaise à porteurs (1900)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A black and white short in which a moving rear facing camera documents people running towards it on the street.

Director: Gabriel Veyre

Votes: 326

31. Joseph Kilian (1963)

38 min | Short, Drama

A man borrows a cat and when he goes back to return it, the place where he got it is no longer there. He begins his search.

Directors: Pavel Jurácek, Jan Schmidt | Stars: Pavel Bartl, Pavel Silhánek, Stanislav Michler, Consuela Morávková

Votes: 312

32. The Pawnshop (1916)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Short

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance, John Rand

Votes: 2,707

33. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,516

34. The Scarecrow (1920)

Not Rated | 19 min | Comedy, Short, Family

Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Luke the Dog, Joe Keaton

Votes: 3,116

35. Pups Is Pups (1930)

Approved | 20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

The gang decides to enter their animals in a local pet show.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 274

36. The Old Mill (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A variety of animals find a shelter in the old mill during a fierce storm.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Jean MacMurray, Louise Myers, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,097

37. There It Is (1928)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Comedy

When a mysterious figure appears to cause a series of disruptions at the Frisbie Home in New York, word goes out to Scotland Yard that the Fuzz-Faced Phantom is at work. Soon, Charley ... See full summary »

Directors: Harold L. Muller, Charles R. Bowers | Stars: Charles R. Bowers, Kathryn McGuire, Melbourne MacDowell, Buster Brodie

Votes: 331

38. The 'High Sign' (1921)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety, Ingram B. Pickett

Votes: 2,275

39. Rendezvous (1976)

9 min | Short, Action

A high-speed drive through the streets of Paris.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Gunilla Friden, Claude Lelouch

Votes: 3,099

40. Passionless Moments (1983)

13 min | Short, Drama

A collection of everyday awkward and embarrassing moments, each with an uneasy familiarity.

Directors: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee | Stars: David Benton, Ann Burriman, Alan Brown, Sean Callinan

Votes: 752

41. Charlotte and Her Boyfriend (1960)

20 min | Short, Drama

A jilted man (Jean-Paul Belmondo) rants at his mostly silent former lover (Anne Collette).

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anne Collette, Gérard Blain

Votes: 1,303

42. From Hand to Mouth (1919)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Short, Action

A penniless young man tries to save an heiress from kidnappers and help her secure her inheritance.

Directors: Alfred J. Goulding, Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, 'Snub' Pollard, Peggy Cartwright

Votes: 870

43. Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

The music-happy Bosko and Honey take a car ride, but bad luck briefly interrupts their fun.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Carman Maxwell

Votes: 392

44. The Balloonatic (1923)

G | 22 min | Short, Comedy

A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Phyllis Haver, Babe London

Votes: 2,416

45. Mothlight (1963)

4 min | Short

A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 2,198

46. Mickey's Trailer (1938)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Mickey and his friends take a vacation in his house trailer equipped with all the latest modern conveniences. Heading up a steep mountain road with Goofy driving the car, surely nothing can go wrong.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,279

47. Go West (1923)

12 min | Comedy, Short

A short film with an all animal cast about a young chimp who is kicked out of his home by his parents and heads west to make his fortune.

Director: Len Powers

Votes: 181