Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Justified' Rides Into the Sunset As One of TV's Best Shows, If Not One of Its Most Watched 'Justified' Rides Into the Sunset As One of TV's Best Shows, If Not One of Its Most Watched A Writer From The Onion Totally Destroys Patton Oswalt in This Epic Twitter Rant A Writer From The Onion Totally Destroys Patton Oswalt in This Epic Twitter Rant The A.V. Club Picks the 100 Best Movies of the Decade; 'The Master' Tops the List The A.V. Club Picks the 100 Best Movies of the Decade; 'The Master' Tops the List 'Justified's Finale Did Just Enough to Be Perfect 'Justified's Finale Did Just Enough to Be Perfect The 'Game of Thrones' Leak: Don't Blame Critics (At Least Not Yet) The 'Game of Thrones' Leak: Don't Blame Critics (At Least Not Yet) David Chase Has Explained the Ending of 'The Sopranos' Again. Maybe He Should Stop Explaining David Chase Has Explained the Ending of 'The Sopranos' Again. Maybe He Should Stop Explaining Daily Reads: Why CSI: Cyber Is a Bad Show Worth Watching, the New 'Twin Peaks' Mystery, and More Daily Reads: Why CSI: Cyber Is a Bad Show Worth Watching, the New 'Twin Peaks' Mystery, and More Daily Reads: 10 Reasons Why 'Justified' Rocked, The Case for Kristen Stewart, and more Daily Reads: 10 Reasons Why 'Justified' Rocked, The Case for Kristen Stewart, and more 'Simpsons' Showrunner Al Jean Says No Further Seasons Will Be Released on DVD 'Simpsons' Showrunner Al Jean Says No Further Seasons Will Be Released on DVD The Hollywood Reporter Ranks New York's Top Film Critics, From 'Cream Puffs' to 'F*ckers' The Hollywood Reporter Ranks New York's Top Film Critics, From 'Cream Puffs' to 'F*ckers' 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them 'While We're Young': Noah Baumbach's Xer-Millennial Comedy Ponders the Difference Between Sharing People's Lives and Stealing Them Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, 'The Avengers' vs. 'Man of Steel,' and More Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, 'The Avengers' vs. 'Man of Steel,' and More What Paul Walker's Digital "Fast & Furious" Double Reveals About the Troubling Future of Film Acting What Paul Walker's Digital "Fast & Furious" Double Reveals About the Troubling Future of Film Acting The Death-by-Skype Horror Movie 'Unfriended' Is an Unlikely Critical Hit The Death-by-Skype Horror Movie 'Unfriended' Is an Unlikely Critical Hit Daily Reads: 5 Key 'Game of Thrones' Premiere Scenes, Why 'Wonder Woman' Losing Its Director Was Good News, and More Daily Reads: 5 Key 'Game of Thrones' Premiere Scenes, Why 'Wonder Woman' Losing Its Director Was Good News, and More You Can Take Kristen Stewart Seriously Now. Critics Do. You Can Take Kristen Stewart Seriously Now. Critics Do. Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries Criticwire Survey: Best Horror Movies Since 2000 Criticwire Survey: Best Horror Movies Since 2000 Daily Reads: Why No One Remembers "Avatar," the Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2014, and more Daily Reads: Why No One Remembers "Avatar," the Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2014, and more The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go" The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go"

Hang the Film Canon On Your Wall With This Awesome Poster

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire November 14, 2012 at 10:06AM

100 years. 20 genres. 2000 films. One big honking poster.
0
History of Film 2

Indiewire's own Eric Kohn spotted this fantastic poster (via the Hollywonk blog) that charts "The History of Film" in a single 42 by 22 inch image. It contains some 2,000 titles, divided into 20 genres like Drama, Suspense, and Musical, and spread out over the course of 100 years.

The poster's designer, Larry Gormley, says he worked on the piece "on and off for the past five years:"

"I started the data collection phase by viewing copies of Variety magazine from the 1930s in the libraries at Harvard University. Over the next four years, using various sources, I collected a database of approximately 3,000 films. Each film was classified according to genre, release date, and, most importantly, the relevancy for inclusion in the final graphic. Additional information about the film was collected such as director, box office sales, and actors. Some souces used to collect this data include: the AFI database; various periodicals; and books and web sites by recognized film critics and experts in a particular genre."

Next he evaluated the candidates using four different criteria: critical acclaim; importance within a particular genre or director's body of work; awards; and box office success. He decided that 2,000 was the maximum a readable piece could comfortably hold, so he winnowed his shortlist down by a third, until he arrived at this final graphic.

History of Film full

It's tough to see the details in that full version (I encourage you to click over to the poster's home at HistoryShots.com, where you can get a much more thorough look and buy a copy) but I think you still get a sense of something that's great about it: the way it charts cyclical trends throughout the years just by the way genre groupings swell or shrink over time. You can see the Western's biggest heyday in the 1950s and '60s, and compare it to the rise of fantasy films like "The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" franchises in the last decade.

HIstory Musical

It looks like the musical never again approached the heights of its popularity in the 1940s. On the flip side, the animation genre has absolutely exploded in recent years, with the vast majority of the genre's included titles coming in just the last two decades.

History Animation

You could quibble endlessly about the movies that did ("Rapt") or did not ("Brokeback Mountain") make the list -- but I think that's part of the fun of the piece. It would make a great conversation starter for the cinephile or blogger in your life whose birthday happens to be rapidly approaching *coughlikeminecough*.

Purchase "The History of Film."


E-Mail Updates



Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome