The Subversive Canon: Secretly Revolutionary Cinema

Films have always been excellent for smuggling covert messages within its frames. Censors and authority figures can only see a simple genre flick whilst the production team and smart audience members can read between the lines to discover a radical subtext. For example, the famous Czech animator Jan Svankmajer once commented that his films were allowed through simply because the censors thought they were simple children's films when in reality they're revolutionary tracts.

A subversive film spits at authority figures, especially the corrupt ones; instead it embraces a rallying cry for pure freedom from oppression. A subversive film pledges its loyalty to overthrowing the status quo in favor of embracing pure radicalism. It uses all its strength not to be…

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  • Bluebeard
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Consequences of Feminism
  • Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship
  • Madame's Cravings
  • The Red Spectre
  • The 'Teddy' Bears
  • The Cameraman's Revenge
  • Hypocrites
  • The Italian
  • The Doll
  • The Oyster Princess
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Within Our Gates
  • Nosferatu
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet
  • Ballet Mécanique
  • Entr'acte
  • The Last Laugh
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Body and Soul
  • The Late Mathias Pascal
  • Strike
  • Variety
  • Anemic Cinema
  • By the Law
  • Bed and Sofa
  • The Cat and the Canary
  • The End of St. Petersburg
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • Women of Ryazan
  • Ghosts Before Breakfast
  • The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra
  • The Seashell and the Clergyman
  • Storm Over Asia
  • Arsenal
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • H₂O
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Earth
  • La Chienne
  • Frankenstein
  • M
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • The Miracle Woman
  • Night Nurse
  • Safe in Hell
  • The Smiling Lieutenant
  • Back Street
  • The Broken Lullaby
  • Freaks
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Merrily We Go to Hell
  • Million Dollar Legs
  • The Old Dark House
  • Scarface
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Baby Face
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen
  • Design for Living
  • Duck Soup
  • Female
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Heroes for Sale
  • I'm No Angel
  • Land Without Bread
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Sin of Nora Moran
  • Wild Boys of the Road
  • Zero for Conduct
  • The Black Cat
  • Dames
  • The Goddess
  • The House of Rothschild
  • Imitation of Life
  • Our Daily Bread
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Seahorse
  • The Black Room
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Mad Love
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • Craig's Wife
  • Modern Times
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Osaka Elegy
  • Sabotage
  • Black Legion
  • The Spanish Earth
  • The Tale of the Fox
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Holiday
  • Ninotchka
  • The Rules of the Game
  • The Wizard of Oz