Top 5 Best Short Films Ever Made
The term “short” is used when one wants to refer to a film with duration of a lot less than that of a regular full length movie. However, the length of the shorts is not such because of lack of ideas from their director. Quite the contrary. Short films have as deep of a meaning as the full length ones, it’s just that the main concept is presented in a more brief and concise way. Many people actually prefer shorts to “regular” films, because they take less time to view, but still bring enjoyment to the viewer. Here is a list of five short films that are definitely worth your time.
Five Short Films Worth Seeing
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
By today’s standards, this 12 minutes long movie is considered a short. However, when it was filmed and first showed in theatres over 100 years ago, that was the regular length of what was later to become a movie. This piece of art was created by the French director and film innovator Georges Méliès. The story follows five brave astronauts on their trip to the moon in a bullet-like capsule. Having landed, they stumble upon the moon inhabitants, who turn out to be not as friendly as one might have imagined.
Known to many as the video to the song of the same name from the platinum album “Thriller” by pop sensation Michael Jackson. Because of its unusual length of over 13 minutes, this music video can be classified rather as a short film. Its genre, on the other hand, is definitely horror as the film features a group of corpses rising from their graves and chasing the two main characters (Michael Jackson himself and his onscreen girlfriend, actress Ola Ray). There are no scenes of violence, however, just a dance sequence in which Michael Jackson is joined by the zombies.
This 18 minute Danish short portrays a rather unusual character. The 35 year old Dennis, whose only joy in life is bodybuilding. He leaves in a small house in the suburbs of Copenhagen with his controlling mother. He has never had a girlfriend and has difficulties socializing. One day he finds the courage to ask out a girl he regularly sees at the gym. What follows is a series of events which will leave Dennis disappointed and even a bit sad.
This is a work of the famous movie director David Lynch, who has created such masterpieces as “The Elephant Man” and “Twin Peaks”. However, before he started directing full length motion pictures, he had also created a number of not less amazing short films. “The Grandmother” is one of them. Bizarre and surreal, just as most of Lynch’s works, the film tells the story of a troubled boy, constantly neglected and tormented by his parents. To avoid their abuse, the boy plants some strange seeds that grow into a grandmother in whom he finds comfort.
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
One of the shortest short films, this black and white animation runs for just a minute and a half. It meets two of the most famous fictional characters – the adorable deer Bambi, and the horrific lizard-like monster from Japanese culture Godzilla. The result of this strange meeting is so unexpected, one has to see it to believe it.