A while back, Columbia sent all incoming Film students a list of ‘required’ films to watch, as well as a list of ‘recommended’ films to watch before coming.
The list totals 151 films, spans 20 countries, and every decade.
Prior to receiving the list I thought I was well-watched. I thought I had a pretty good sense of story and knowledge of film. I’ve slowly but surely been making my way through the list and it has shown me just how limited my viewing has been in the past.
My pre-70s film knowledge is nearly non-existent, and foreign cinema is a near write-off.
There are thirty-eight days until Orientation, and I have thirty-nine ‘required’ movies to watch. Just over one per day. I likely won’t be able to finish the list but if anything it has been a humbling experience to learn just how much more I have to experience and learn through my upcoming program.