Essential Movies to Binge Watch before Catalyst ’19

Written by Dr. Andy Woolley

London

Howard’s End— Based on E.M. Forster’s novel, this film has powerful performances by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in its examination of England its class society.

Hope and Glory— Director John Boorman bases this film on his boyhood experiences during World War II and the London Blitz.

The Queen— A look at monarchy and changing British society during the days following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Paris

Midnight in Paris—While not the best Woody Allen film, a charming look at Paris and its effects on several generations, especially those of the 1920s, such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the many other artists gathered in the city.

The 400 Blows—The first film in Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series, a semi-autobiographical film of juvenile scrapes and adventures in Paris.

Amelie—A whimsical romp through Paris with the fanciful tale of Amelie and her search for love, with much of the film centered in Montmartre.

Berlin

The Lives of Others—A powerful film on Berlin during the period of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the changing political nature of East Berlin and the power of the Stasi, the secret police.

Downfall—Berlin during the last days of Hitler and the Third Reich.

Prague

Amadeus—This biography of Mozart is not about Prague per se, but much of the film was shot there because of the city’s remaining 18thcentury architecture.

Empties—A unhappy man searches for happiness in his life, and the film includes a balloon ride over Prague.