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Alain Bergala's "The 208 Films That You Must Have Seen"

215 movies · Created by Thorkell.

This list was compiled by French film critic and historian Alain Bergala, which he distributes to students upon their orientation at the Paris Film Academy, La Fémis. This version of his list was handed out in 2010.

The list is not a compilation of the best films nor the most important ones, but was designed merely as a starting point for prospective filmmakers and students to learn about the history of cinema. One film a week for the duration of their four-year program.

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La captive (2000)

A.k.a. The Captive · 118 min · Directed by Chantal Akerman · In 2 official lists

A.k.a. The Captive · In 2 official lists Drama · Romance · Music

238 8 11

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Hable con ella (2002)

A.k.a. Talk to Her · 112 min · Directed by Pedro Almodóvar · In 11 official lists

A.k.a. Talk to Her · In 11 official lists Drama · Romance · Mystery

11K 1.1K 63

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O thiasos (1975)

A.k.a. The Travelling Players · 230 min · Directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos · In 11 official lists

A.k.a. The Travelling Players · In 11 official lists Drama · War · History

701 68 15

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L'avventura (1960)

A.k.a. L'Avventura · 143 min · Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni · In 21 official lists

A.k.a. L'Avventura · In 21 official lists Drama · Mystery

5.3K 618 63

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Sur mes lèvres (2001)

A.k.a. Read My Lips · 115 min · Directed by Jacques Audiard · In 3 official lists

A.k.a. Read My Lips · In 3 official lists Crime · Drama · Romance

819 78 4

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U samogo sinego morya (1936)

A.k.a. By the Bluest of Seas · 71 min · Directed by Boris Barnet, Samad Mardanov · In 3 official lists

A.k.a. By the Bluest of Seas · In 3 official lists Drama · Romance · Musical

311 37 4

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Casque d'or (1952)

A.k.a. Casque d'Or · 96 min · Directed by Jacques Becker · In 9 official lists

A.k.a. Casque d'Or · In 9 official lists Crime · Drama · Romance

1K 83 7

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I pugni in tasca (1965)

A.k.a. Fists in the Pocket · 105 min · Directed by Marco Bellocchio · In 9 official lists

A.k.a. Fists in the Pocket · In 9 official lists Drama

782 86 4

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Sommaren med Monika (1953)

A.k.a. Summer with Monika · 96 min · Directed by Ingmar Bergman · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. Summer with Monika · In 5 official lists Drama · Romance

1.7K 122 5

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Il conformista (1970)

A.k.a. The Conformist · 113 min · Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci · In 18 official lists

A.k.a. The Conformist · In 18 official lists Drama

4.6K 583 33

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Tiexi qu (2002)

A.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks · 551 min · Directed by Bing Wang · In 8 official lists

A.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks · In 8 official lists Documentary

253 26 8

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Les valseuses (1974)

A.k.a. Going Places · 150 min · Directed by Bertrand Blier · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. Going Places · In 5 official lists Drama · Comedy

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De bruit et de fureur (1988)

A.k.a. Sound and Fury · 95 min · Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau · In 1 official list

A.k.a. Sound and Fury · In 1 official list Drama

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Freaks (1932)

A.k.a. The Monster Show · 64 min · Directed by Tod Browning · In 15 official lists

A.k.a. The Monster Show · In 15 official lists Drama · Horror

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Un chien andalou (1929)

A.k.a. Un Chien Andalou · 16 min · Directed by Luis Buñuel · In 23 official lists

A.k.a. Un Chien Andalou · In 23 official lists Fantasy · Horror

14K 917 144

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Le jour se lève (1939)

A.k.a. Daybreak · 93 min · Directed by Marcel Carné · In 12 official lists

A.k.a. Daybreak · In 12 official lists Crime · Drama · Romance

1.5K 123 11

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Les bonnes femmes (1960)

A.k.a. The Good Time Girls · 100 min · Directed by Claude Chabrol · In 4 official lists

A.k.a. The Good Time Girls · In 4 official lists Drama · Romance · Mystery

524 62 6

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Bab el hadid (1958)

A.k.a. Cairo Station · 77 min · Directed by Youssef Chahine · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. Cairo Station · In 6 official lists Crime · Drama

700 73 8

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Oasiseu (2002)

A.k.a. Oasis · 133 min · Directed by Chang-dong Lee · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. Oasis · In 5 official lists Drama · Romance

673 80 11

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Yeelen (1987)

A.k.a. Brightness · 105 min · Directed by Souleymane Cissé · In 9 official lists

A.k.a. Brightness · In 9 official lists Drama · Fantasy

768 48 8

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Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

A.k.a. Jenny Lamour · 106 min · Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot · In 6 official lists

A.k.a. Jenny Lamour · In 6 official lists Crime · Drama · Music

913 71 7

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Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi! (1960)

A.k.a. The Testament of Orpheus · 77 min · Directed by Jean Cocteau · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. The Testament of Orpheus · In 5 official lists Biography

747 51 8

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Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

A.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort · 120 min · Directed by Jacques Demy · In 11 official lists

A.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort · In 11 official lists Drama · Romance · Comedy · Musical

2K 262 19

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Riso amaro (1949)

A.k.a. Bitter Rice · 108 min · Directed by Giuseppe De Santis · In 4 official lists

A.k.a. Bitter Rice · In 4 official lists Drama

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