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 FĂ©mis. 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. 9 new

    Suspiria

    1977, in 12 top lists Check
  2. 25 new

    Freaks

    1932 — a.k.a. The Monster Show, in 15 top lists Check
  3. 64 new

    La chute de la maison Usher

    1928 — a.k.a. The Fall of the House of Usher, in 8 top lists Check
  4. 75 new

    Les yeux sans visage

    1960 — a.k.a. Eyes Without a Face, in 13 top lists Check
  5. 110 new

    The Shining

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
  6. 156 new

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  7. 159 new

    Peeping Tom

    1960 — a.k.a. Face of Fear, in 20 top lists Check
  8. 179 new

    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 27 top lists Check
  9. 194 new

    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source