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. 17 new

    Tiexi qu

    2002 — a.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, in 8 top lists Check
  2. 49 new

    San Clemente

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
  3. 72 new

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  4. 79 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
  5. 80 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
  6. 81 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
  7. 82 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
  8. 83 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
  9. 84 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
  10. 85 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
  11. 86 new

    Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
  12. 100 new

    Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu onboro no Seikatsu

    1970 — a.k.a. History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess, in 2 top lists Check
  13. 101 new

    ...A Valparaíso

    1964 — a.k.a. Valparaiso, in 3 top lists Check
  14. 109 new

    Route One USA

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 113 new

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  16. 129 new

    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
  17. 132 new

    Diaries Notes and Sketches

    1969, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 145 new

    Hôtel Terminus

    1988 — a.k.a. Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, in 4 top lists Check
  19. 154 new

    Pour la suite du monde

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
  20. 158 new

    Méditerranée

    1963, in 3 top lists Check
  21. 165 new

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  22. 172 new

    La chasse au lion à l'arc

    1966 — a.k.a. Hunting the Lion with Bow and Arrow, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 173 new

    Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons

    1946 — a.k.a. Farrebique, in 1 top list Check
  24. 185 new

    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 9 top lists Check
  25. 198 new

    De platte jungle

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
  26. 201 new

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  27. 210 new

    The Store

    1983, in 1 top list Check
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