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I created this list because I started losing track of the fantastic short films out there and wanted to find a better way to represent them - also, since my own top ten list 'rules' exclude shorts (and anything that showed on TV), I felt guilty about not including them somewhere. So here's a handful of obscure / not obscure treasures to fill brief minutes with joy. For the sake of sanity, I'm limiting the number of works I have on here by some of our short filmmaking mavericks (Keaton, Arbuckle, Griffith, Chaplin). Entries with a "*" are 'music videos.'

1902 A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès)

1904 The Living Playing Cards (Georges Méliès)

1912 For His Son (D.W. Griffith)

1913 The Musketeers of Pig Alley (D.W. Griffith)

1916 Behind the Screen (Charles Chaplin)

1916 One A.M. (Charles Chaplin)

1917 Coney Island (Roscoe Arbuckle)

1920 Number, Please? (Hal Roach)

1923 The Frogs Who Wanted a King (Wladyslaw Starewicz)

1924 Entr'acte (René Clair)

1928 Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel)

1933 The Mascot (Wladyslaw Starewicz)

1936 I Like to Singa (Tex Avery)

1936 Rose Hobart (Joseph Cornell)

1941 The Tell-Tale Heart (Jules Dassin)

1949 Bad Luck Blackie (Tex Avery)

1949 Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart)

1949 Blood of the Beasts (Georges Franju)

1949 The Story of the Bass Cello (Jirí Trnka)

1952 Neighbours (Norman McLaren)

1952 La Villa Santo Sospir (Jean Cocteau)

1953 Les Statues Meurent Aussi (Chris Marker and Alain Resnais)

1955 Night and Fog (Alain Resnais)

1956 Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais)

1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe (Roman Polanski)

1959 All the Boys Are Called Patrick (Jean-Luc Godard)

1960 The Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky)

1962 La Jetée (Chris Marker)

1963 Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin)

1963 The House Is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad)

1963 Vapors (Andy Milligan)

1965 Samuel Beckett's Film (Alan Schneider)

1965 The Hand (Jirí Trnka)

1965 Oh Dem Watermelons! (Robert Nelson)

1966 Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (David Lynch)

1966 Unsere Afrikareise (Peter Kubelka)

1967 Anticipation (Jean-Luc Godard)

1967 The Big Shave (Martin Scorsese)

1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger)

1969 T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (Paul Sharits)

1970 THX1138:EB (George Lucas)

1971 (nostalgia) (Hollis Frampton)

1973 Marilyn Times Five (Bruce Conner)

1974 The Virgin Sacrifice (J.X. Williams)

1977 La Soufriére (Werner Herzog)

1977 Take the 5:10 to Dreamland (Bruce Conner)

1978 LMNO (Robert Breer)

1981 The Garden of Earthly Delights (Stan Brakhage)

1982 SPK: Despair (Stephen Jones) *

1982 Vincent (Tim Burton)

1984 Barres (Luc Moullet)

1984 The Book of Mary (Anne-Marie Miéville)

1984 The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (The Brothers Quay)

1987 Apocalypse Pooh (T. Graham)

1987 The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage)

1987 Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (The Brothers Quay)

1989 Darkness/Light/Darkness (Jan Svankmajer)

1990 Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode (Anton Corbijn) *

1991 One by U2 (Anton Corbijn) *

1991 A Place Called Lovely (Sadie Benning)

1991 Space Madness (Jon Kricfalusi)

1992 Food (Jan Svankmajer)

1993 The Wrong Trousers (Nick Park)

1995 A Close Shave (Nick Park)

1995 Lumière (David Lynch)

1995 The Spirit of Christmas (Trey Parker and Matt Stone)

1996 Criminal by Fiona Apple (Mark Romanek) *

1997 Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve (Walter Stern) *

1998 All Is Full of Love by Björk (Chris Cunningham) *

1998 Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (Martin Arnold)

1998 Billy's Balloon (Don Hertzfeldt)

1998 Genesis (Nacho Cerdà)

1999 Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky)

1999 This Is Hardcore by Pulp (Doug Nichol) *

2000 The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin)

2000 Origin of the 21st Century (Jean-Luc Godard)

2000 Rejected (Don Hertzfeldt)

2002 Six Days by DJ Shadow (Wong Kar-Wai) *

2002 The Skywalk Is Gone (Tsai Ming-Liang)

2003 The Order: From Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney)

2003 Super Mario Clouds (Cory Arcangel)

2004 Glitterati (Roger Avary)

2004 Light Is Calling (Bill Morrison)

2004 Staring at the Sun by TV on the Radio (Elliot Jokelson) *

2005 A Christmas Caper (Gary Trousdale)

2006 14th Arrondissement (Alexander Payne)

2006 Pink (Charlie White)

2006 Tuileries (Joel and Ethan Coen)

2007 I've Never Had Sex... (Robert Kennedy)

2008 1859 (Fred Worden)

2008 Presto (Doug Sweetland)

2012 O Is for Orgasm (Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani)

2012 Video Games (Lana Del Rey) *

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