Films by the Year: Viewing Films in Chronological Order
Ever since I subscribed to Netflix in 2006 I’ve been coming up with different ways to populate and order my queue. Eventually I hit on the idea of choosing one film from each decade beginning with the 1880’s, then one from 1890, 1900, 1910, etc. After seeing a film from 2010 then I’d go back to the 1880’s and work my way through the decades again. After doing that for a few years I decided to advance one year on each round. So after watching films from years that end in zero (1890, 1900, ….2010) then I’d start the next round with films from years that end in one (1891, 1901, …2011). The next round starts with years that end in two and so on until I return to years that end in zero. This entails an enormous amount of research. I mostly use imdb.com to locate all the films released in each year and then search the web to find out which films are available for home viewing. I enter those films in the Chronological List of Films. The index is arranged by premiere dates but one may search by titles, directors, etc. The index is far from complete as I have concentrated mostly on the years 1888 to 1913, 1920 to 1921, 1930, 1940, 1950, etc. I will be posting reviews of films from each year and lists of all the films I found that are available for home viewing. I would like to acknowledge Dr. Robert James Kiss for his invaluable and generous assistance with the identification of and accurate information pertaining to many of the films listed in the index.
- Dan Willard – July 24, 2015