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

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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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  1. 190 new


    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 13 top lists Check
  2. 146 new

    Lola Montès

    1955, in 12 top lists Check
  3. 145 new

    Hôtel Terminus

    1988, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 40 new

    Le testament d'Orphée ou ne me demandez pas...

    1960 — a.k.a. Testament of Orpheus, in 7 top lists Check
  5. 143 new


    1981, in 4 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source