Me and Earl and the Dying Girl contains many low-budget parodies of classic films and I'm trying to list all the references in it. IMDb mentions some, but they're not all there [It's missing 8 1/2 (Fellini), The Seventh Seal (Bergman) and The Third Man (Welles) for example]. Does anyone know what all of them were?

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    I believe there are 21, as that is how many shorts they filmed for the movie, but a few articles reference that there were 42 total, but not all were actually in the movie.
    – JohnP
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 21:27
  • @Walt I didn't know I needed 15 rep to upvote an answer :-/
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  • This question deserves more upvotes, which would also solve your rep problem. ;) But people may have been deterred by this because it seemed too broad. I edited it emphasizing the parodies in this film, but if this is too intrusive, please tell me.
    – Walt
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 15:49
  • Lots other references in posters/scripts/books/on TV etc: Andrei Rublev, Aguirre Wrath of God, Hard Boiled, Chungking Express, Sunday Bloody Sunday, that Harold Lloyd film where he hangs off a clock, Battleship Potemkin, Brazil... many more I suspect.
    – user27035
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 14:44
  • There is also this one part where Rachel wore a wig while watching Earl and Greg's film. Wig was pink and resembles a lot like Natalie Portman's wig in Closer.
    – user27880
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 6:44

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Actually, an article had collected all the 47(!) Sweded films in this movie. It also has some pictures. Kudos to the article's author David Ehrlich for spotting them all. These Sweded films are:

  1. Anatomy of a Burger (Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger, 1959)
  2. Ate 1/2 (Of My Lunch) (8 1/2, Federico Fellini, 1963)
  3. A Box O’Lips, Wow (Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  4. The Battle of All Deer (The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
  5. Breathe Less (Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
  6. Brew Vervet (Blue Velvet, David Lynch, 1986)
  7. Burden of Screams (Burden of Dreams, Les Blank, 1982)
  8. Can’t Tempt (Contempt, Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
  9. Crouching Housecat, Hidden Housecat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee, 2000)
  10. Death in Tennis (Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti, 1971)
  11. My Dinner with Andre the Giant (My Dinner with Andre, Louis Malle, 1981)
  12. Don’t Look Now, Because a Creepy-Ass Dwarf is About to Kill You!!! Damn. (Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
  13. Eyes Wide Butt (Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
  14. Hairy, Old and Mod (Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971)
  15. La Gelee (La Jetèe, Chris Marker, 1962)
  16. Gone with My Wind (Gone with the Wind, Victor Fleming, 1939)
  17. Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg, 1977)
  18. Grumpy Cul-de-sacs (Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  19. It’s a Punderful Life (It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946)
  20. The Janitor of Oz (The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939)
  21. The Lady Manishness (The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
  22. Monorash (Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
  23. My Best Actor is Also a Dangerous Lunatic (My Best Fiend, Werner Herzog, 1999)
  24. Nose Ferret 2 (Nosferatu, FW Murnau, 1922)
  25. Pittsburghasqatsi (Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
  26. Pooping Tom (Peeping Tom, Michael Powell, 1960)
  27. The Prunes of Wrath (The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford, 1940)
  28. Raging Bullsh*t (Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  29. Rear Wind (Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  30. Rosemary Baby Carrots (Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski, 1968)
  31. Scabface (Scarface, Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, 1932)
  32. Second (Helpings of Dinner) (Seconds, John Frankenheimer, 1966)
  33. Senior Citizen Cane (Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, 1941)
  34. The Seven Seals (The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
  35. A Sockwork Orange (A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  36. The Complete Lack of Conversation (The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  37. The Last Crustacean of Christ (The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese, 1988)
  38. The Rad Shoes (The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
  39. The Turd Man (The Third Man, Carol Reed, 1949)
  40. The 400 Bros (The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, 1959)
  41. Um (M, Fritz Lang, 1931)
  42. Vere’d He Go? (Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  43. Wages for Beer (The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  44. Yellow Submarine Sandwich (Yellow Submarine, George Dunning, 1968)
  45. ZZZ (Z, Costa-Gavras, 1969)
  46. 2:48PM Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy, John Schlesinger, 1969)
  47. 49th Parallelogram (49th Parallel, Michael Powell, 1941)

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