Works featuring "social commentary" (21)

Germinal

The original film is 2.5 hours, so this version is missing more than half the film - most notably, the intertitles. Also, the two main male leads share similar costumes, physique, mustaches, and hair styles, and are both seen with the same woman. So this version is tricky to follow, but is worth the effort: a more natural acting style, location filming, unforgettable scenes of crowd uprising, and a story that subtly surveys the intersection between emotional and social landscapes - at a time when US film was still honing its huckster skills of grabbing the attention of the audience, then ramming views and values (aka, propaganda) down its throat.

Max And The Lady Doctor (Max et la doctoresse)

In the first act, Max must overcome his shyness to declare his love for a lady doctor. In the second act, he faces numerous obstacles on his wedding night. In the final act, he restores his privileged position of malehood, as in the Alice Guy-Blaché film "The Consequences of Feminism (1906)" - sans the profound irony. But the major shortcoming here is too much angry Max, not enough lovable hapless twit.