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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  • Venom and Eternity
  • Bells of Atlantis
  • Beware, My Lovely
  • Forbidden Games
  • High Noon
  • Neighbours
  • The Quiet Man
  • Talk About a Stranger
  • All My Babies ...A Midwife's Own Story
  • The Blue Gardenia
  • Crime Wave
  • The End
  • Love in the City
  • The Man Between
  • O Dreamland
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Sawdust and Tinsel
  • Welcome Mr. Marshall!
  • Woman They Almost Lynched
  • Animal Farm
  • Comedians
  • Godzilla
  • The Good Soldier Schweik
  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Salt of the Earth
  • Silver Lode
  • Susan Slept Here
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Artists and Models
  • The Big Combo
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
  • Death of a Cyclist
  • Dementia
  • Diabolique
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • The Ladykillers
  • Ludwig II
  • The Naked Dawn
  • Night and Fog
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Phenix City Story
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • Water-mirror of Granada
  • The Wonder Ring
  • Back to School
  • Bigger Than Life
  • The Captain from Kopenick
  • Death in the Garden
  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • On the Bowery
  • The Rocket from Calabuch
  • Written on the Wind
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • The Affairs of Julie
  • Blood of Dracula
  • Forty Guns
  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf
  • Jamestown Baloos
  • Kanal
  • Miracles of Thursday
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • N.Y., N.Y.
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Singing Ringing Tree
  • The Tarnished Angels
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
  • A Movie
  • Anticipation of the Night
  • Dracula
  • Free Radicals
  • Giants and Toys
  • Invention for Destruction
  • Living in a Reversed World
  • Touch of Evil
  • Two Men and a Wardrobe
  • Vertigo
  • A Bucket of Blood
  • Come Back, Africa
  • The Cry of Jazz
  • Good Morning
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Horrors of the Black Museum
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • Imitation of Life
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Nazarin
  • The Nightingale's Prayer
  • The Rest Is Silence
  • The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
  • Science Friction
  • Verboten!
  • Warlock