Squint skyward and listen — loving him, we move within his borders: just asterisms in the stars’ set order. We could stand for a century, staring, with our heads cocked, in the broad daylight, at this thing:

Joy, landlocked in bodies that don’t keep — dumbstruck with the sweetness of being, till we don’t be.

1001, 1001 filmmakers. Big canon. Made in isolation. I've wanted to expand my canon to something more fitting the breadth of my taste for a long time now. In the wake of endless downtime I undertook the somewhat time consuming task of completing a list of 1001 filmmakers and their most essential (at least to me) film.

This is that list. It's personal, unwieldy, cliche and if nothing else made with love.

  • The Kiss
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • The Wave
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau
  • Pistol Duel
  • Something Good - Negro Kiss
  • Oil Gush Fire in Bibiheybat
  • How It Feels to Be Run Over
  • The Big Swallow
  • Legend of a Ghost
  • A Fantasy
  • The Unchanging Sea
  • Falling Leaves
  • Onesime, Clockmaker
  • Lime Kiln Club Field Day
  • Suspense
  • Zapata's Gang
  • Mabel's Blunder
  • L'X Noir
  • Les Vampires: Episode Two - The Ring That Kills
  • One Week
  • Soul of the Cypress
  • 'A Santanotte
  • Salomé
  • Safety Last!
  • News Item
  • Crossing the Great Sagrada
  • Greed
  • Entr'acte
  • Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse
  • Body and Soul
  • Nothing But Time
  • Ménilmontant
  • A Page of Madness
  • Charleston Parade
  • Napoleon
  • The Love of Zero
  • Ghosts Before Breakfast
  • In the Shadow of the Machine
  • Étude cinégraphique sur une arabesque
  • For Your Beautiful Eyes
  • The Pearl
  • Man-Slashing Horse-Piercing Sword
  • Rain
  • Autour de la fin du monde
  • It Never Happened
  • Earth
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Borderline
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • Enthusiasm
  • Jeux arborescents : Fugue en mineur
  • City Lights
  • Tabu
  • Surf and Seaweed
  • Limite
  • Autumn Fire
  • Where Old People Live
  • La cartomancienne
  • A Night on Bald Mountain
  • Footnote to Fact
  • Oramunde
  • L'Atalante
  • Composition in Blue
  • I Love to Singa
  • Rainbow Dance
  • Spare Time
  • Fighting Soldiers
  • Spook Sport
  • Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940
  • You Ought to Be in Pictures
  • The Lady Eve
  • Moods of the Sea
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
  • Glens Falls Sequence
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Introspection
  • Fragment of Seeking
  • House of Cards
  • Le Tempestaire
  • Fort Apache
  • La Terra Trema
  • In the Street
  • Blood of the Beasts
  • Puce Moment
  • Mr. Frenhofer and the Minotaur
  • Song of Love
  • Girl with Hyacinths
  • Mirror of Holland
  • The Steel Helmet
  • Venom and Eternity
  • A Portrait of Ga
  • Scotch Hop