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Title Director Year Type Notes
Kings of the Road Wim Wenders 1976 Featured One of the most beautiful films featuring film projection, Kings of the Road follows a projector repairman and his suicidal cohort as they visit various theaters in Eastern Germany.
Sherlock,Jr. Buster Keaton 1924 Featured Buster Keaton as a projectionist who falls asleep on the job and enters the frame himself...
The Projectionist Harry Hurwitz 1971 Featured
Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore 1988 Featured
The Smallest Show on Earth Basil Dearden 1957 Featured Peter Sellers as a drunk (yet committed!) projectionist working a theater fighting to stay open.
Inglorious Basterds Quentin Tarantino 2009 Featured
Goodbye,Dragon Inn Tsai Ming-liang 2003 Featured
Projection Instructions Morgan Fisher 1976 Featured Morgan Fisher's Avant-garde films often touch on film as a medium and projection. A good description of some of his films can be found here
Night of the Comet Thom Eberhardt 1984 Incidental a high school girl shacks up in the booth with her projectionist boyfriend, leaving her as one of the sole survivors after a comet eradicates most of humanity.
Gremlins Joe Dante 1984 Incidental The gremlins gather in a movie theater to watch Snow White. Chaos ensues!
The Muppet Movie James Frawley 1979 Incidental Animal is the projectionist as the Muppets watch a cut of The Muppet Movie. Needless to say, some film frames burn.
Zodiac David Fincher 2007 Incidental No actual projection booth scenes, but one of the main suspects in the Zodiac murders case is a projectionist who works in a silent film house named Rick Marshall. Marshall doesn't appear in the film as a character, but there is a scene where Jake Gyllenhaal's character visits the house of a friend of Marshall's to look for film footage that might contain evidence of the murders.
Fight Club David Fincher 1999 Incidental One of the more well known projectionist scenes in film, Brad Pitt's character shows us how cue-marks work and how he spends his time splicing porno frames into regular films.
Reel Paradise Steve James 2005 Incidental
Cinema-Komunisto Mila Turajlic 2010 Featured A documentary about President of Yugoslavia Josip Tito as told through his personal projectionist. He claims to have screened a film for Tito every single night for over 30 years.
The Spirit of the Beehive Víctor Erice 1973 Incidental A traveling cinema comes to a Spanish village and screens Frankenstein
John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns John Carpenter 2005 Featured A film collector (and projectionist) dies a gory projector-related death!
The Tingler William Castle 1959 Featured Much of the film is set at a movie theater, and there's a significant scene during which a projectionist meets THE TINGLER! Also features an early depiction of LSD ingestion.
A Useful Life Federico Veiroj 2010 Featured
Maurice Patrick Brice 2010 Featured Short documentary on a Paris porno projectionist.
Masculin Féminin Jean-Luc Godard 1966 Incidental Jean-Pierre Leaud yells at the projectionist for messing up the aspect ratio!