It is difficult to grasp just how many thousands and thousands of movies exist in the world even as a film student. I remember one of the first History of Film classes I took and looked at the list of movies we would be watching for the semester, excited to discuss some of my favorites. Well, I hadn’t seen any of the movies that were on the list. Scratch that, I hadn’t even heard of any of the movies that were on the list. How could that be?? New to the major, this unfamiliarity certainly startled me awake, and the feeling of being more or less overwhelmed continued through the semester (let alone the entire year) as references and allusions were made to movies all over the world, all that were unknown to me.
Cinema is a vast, vast world. I am coming to know just how vast it is once again as I gather research for my repurposing project, and my list of movies I need to watch keeps expanding. Traditional academic research makes up a good part of the work that still needs to be done, mostly reading historical texts and analyses. But as mentioned, I am increasingly discovering how many recent movies I need to familiarize myself with, one’s I haven’t already seen, in order to make connections between neorealism and current film trends. As always, I am excited to see what a new movie holds, but unfortunately this is no timely task. I really will have to make sure I am setting aside enough time to be able to watch these movies that are crucial to my project, without getting too overwhelmed.