What film fan doesn't like video montages that compile scenes, shots, titles, dialogue or what have you? They're always a fun test of our cinephilia to see how many we can name, if not all. The latest is from German design students Felix Meyer and Pascal Monaco (Sarah Biermann and Torsten Strer are also credited) and is called "35 Movies in 2 Minutes." Or "35MM" for short. It's a motion graphics animation that breezily takes us through minimalist images representing 35 classic films, including many by Hitchcock, Chaplin and Kubrick. I'll be honest and say that I couldn't get a lot of them. I don't know if that makes me a bad cineaste or simply not good at identifying simple deconstructions of film iconography.

I should be better at this stuff -- we all should be -- given that minimalist posters, t-shirts and redesigns of book covers have been all the rage lately (just last night we saw more). It's like design programs are only teaching classes on Saul Bass and Paul Rand. I asked my brother who's a designer, why this is, and he said the reason might be that "everything was too messy for too long and it's the only way out."

Well, it's not the worst trend ever, I'm just embarrassed at my inability to ace this particular game. How many can you spot? Some of the easiest to make out include Star Wars, The Terminator, Taxi Driver, Psycho and Jaws. Watch the video after the jump and provide your list in the comments. And if you want to check against our own guesses (most we're sure about, though some are still being debated amongst our team and the artists haven't provided a cheat sheet), check our list below the video box.

35mm from Pascal Monaco on Vimeo.

[via /Film]

  1. Singin in the Rain
  2. Titanic
  3. Jaws
  4. Full Metal Jacket
  5. Psycho
  6. Carrie
  7. The Red Shoes/Wizard of Oz
  8. The Gold Rush
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  11. Strangers on a Train
  12. Gone With the Wind?
  13. Snow White
  14. Annie Hall (or any Woody Allen)
  15. The Blues Brothers
  16. The Terminator
  17. Star Wars
  18. Pulp Fiction/2001
  19. Watchmen
  20. The Exorcist
  21. North by Northwest
  22. Toy Story
  23. Fight Club
  24. A Clockwork Orange
  25. Modern Times
  26. Network
  27. Lost Highway
  28. The Great Dictator/general "Tramp" Chaplin
  29. Rear Window
  30. Short Cuts?
  31. The Tin Drum
  32. Dracula/Nosferatu
  33. Battleship Potemkin/Untouchables
  34. The Right Stuff/Trip to the Moon
  35. Easy Rider