A Year of Essential Cinema

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Inspired by the chronological charting of film, and the vast history of world cinema, as presented by Mark Cousin's superb 'A Story of Film: An Odyssey', I have decided to make 2012 the year where I finally get to watch those recognised classics and take a bite out of the canon.

Follow me as I take on the world of cinema from the silent era to the explosion of the talkies, through the golden age of Hollywood to the uprising of new wave cinema across Europe and worldwide, the uprising of the movie brats to the dawn of independent film making right through to the current digital boom.

This list will constantly be updated throughout the year.

January - 1895 - 1927
February - 1928 - 1936
March - 1937 - 1946
April - 1947 - 1954
May - 1955 - 1962
June - 1963 - 1967
July - 1968 - 1972
August - 1973 - 1979
September - 1980 - 1987
October - 1988 - 1995
November - 1996 - 2002
December - 2003 - Present

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  1. 1 -

    L'arroseur arrosé

    1895 — a.k.a. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, in 5 top lists Check
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    L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat

    1896 — a.k.a. The Arrival of a Train, in 11 top lists Check
  3. 3 -

    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
  4. 4 -

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 22 top lists Check
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    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
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    Way Down East

    1920, in 6 top lists Check
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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
  8. 8 +1

    Der müde Tod

    1921 — a.k.a. Destiny, in 6 top lists Check
  9. 9 +1

    Körkarlen

    1921 — a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage, in 14 top lists Check
  10. 10 -2

    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
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    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
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    Our Hospitality

    1923, in 11 top lists Check
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    Safety Last!

    1923, in 16 top lists Check
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    Der letzte Mann

    1924 — a.k.a. The Last Laugh, in 16 top lists Check
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    Stachka

    1925 — a.k.a. Strike, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Big Parade

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  20. 20 -

    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Cameraman

    1928, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
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    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 15 top lists Check
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    L'âge d'or

    1930 — a.k.a. L'Age d'Or, in 15 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 17 top lists Check
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    Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

    1931, in 10 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
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    Vampyr

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
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    A Night at the Opera

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
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    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
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    Partie de campagne

    1946 — a.k.a. A Day in the Country, in 12 top lists Check
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    Make Way for Tomorrow

    1937, in 16 top lists Check
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    Aleksandr Nevskiy

    1938 — a.k.a. Alexander Nevsky, in 13 top lists Check
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    Stagecoach

    1939, in 20 top lists Check
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    Zangiku monogatari

    1939 — a.k.a. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, in 11 top lists Check
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    Rebecca

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 26 top lists Check
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    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    How Green Was My Valley

    1941, in 11 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 21 top lists Check
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